Quantcast
Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life

Help Support EcoWatch

Dozens of EV Charging Stations Hit Las Vegas Strip

Business
Dozens of EV Charging Stations Hit Las Vegas Strip

When members of the both the public and private sectors talk about expanding the electric vehicle (EV) market, they rarely lose site of a key obstacle—making charging more widely available.

Though plug-in vehicle sales surged by more than 80 percent last year, potential EV drivers remain concerned about charging accessibility. EV proponents want more chargers in public spaces, and it doesn't get more public than the Las Vegas strip. With this in mind, MGM Resorts International is bringing dozens of charging stations to its properties on the strip.

That includes 27 at nine resort properties that should be available for use by the end of this month. The company owns MGM Grand, The Mirage, Mandalay Bay, New York-New York and more. Officials rolled out the first of the stations earlier this month.

MGM Resorts International officials rolled out the first of 27 new electric vehicle charging stations at its Las Vegas properties this month. Photo credit: MGM Resorts International/Facebook

"It is important that our guests have the convenience and ability to continue sustainable habits during their time with us," said Cindy Ortega, chief sustainability officer of MGM Resorts International. "The installation of these charging stations encourages green practices in both our guests and employees, serving as a natural step toward smarter, cleaner transportation systems."

Campbell, CA-based ChargePoint is deploying the chargers, which are free for guests and employees. With a corresponding mobile app, EV drivers will be able to see whether a station is open, as well as the percentage of charge on the vehicle, when it is fully charged and when a charging nozzle has been removed. Each charger has two Level 2 charging ports that can provide up to 7.2 kilowatts of energy.

MGM installed its first stations back in 2011, but its latest surge is emblematic of the rise in EVs' popularity. Four charging stations at Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand Las Vegas and Circus Circus Reno are already operational. Additional stations are coming to Circus Circus Reno in the future.

"This project shows MGM's commitment to sustainability and continued leadership," Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint, said. "It also represents a significant benefit to MGM's guests and employees alike and allows ChargePoint to move closer to our goal of providing charging wherever people work, shop, eat and play."

Visit EcoWatch’s TRANSPORTATION page for more related news on this topic.

Colette Pichon Battle, attorney, founder, and executive director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy. Colette Pichon Battle

By Karen L. Smith-Janssen

Colette Pichon Battle gave a December 2019 TEDWomen Talk on the stark realities of climate change displacement, and people took notice. The video racked up a million views in about two weeks. The attorney, founder, and executive director of the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy (GCCLP) advocates for climate justice in communities of color. Confronted with evidence showing how her own South Louisiana coastal home of Bayou Liberty will be lost to flooding in coming years, the 2019 Obama Fellow dedicates herself to helping others still reeling from the impacts of Katrina face the heavy toll that climate change has taken—and will take—on their lives and homelands. Her work focuses on strengthening multiracial coalitions, advocating for federal, state, and local disaster mitigation measures, and redirecting resources toward Black communities across the Gulf South.

Read More Show Less

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

A palm tree plantation in Malaysia. Yann Arthus-Bertrand / Getty Images Plus

Between 2000 and 2013, Earth lost an area of undisturbed ecosystems roughly the size of Mexico.

Read More Show Less

Trending

A home burns during the Bobcat Fire in Juniper Hills, California on September 18, 2020. Kyle Grillot / AFP/ Getty Images

By Stuart Braun

"These are not just wildfires, they are climate fires," Jay Inslee, Governor of Washington State, said as he stood amid the charred remains of the town of Malden west of Seattle earlier this month. "This is not an act of God," he added. "This has happened because we have changed the climate of the state of Washington in dramatic ways."

Read More Show Less
A new report from Oxfam found that the wealthiest one percent of the world produced a carbon footprint that was more than double that of the bottom 50 percent of the world. PickPik

A new report from Oxfam found that the wealthiest one percent of the world produced a carbon footprint that was more than double that of the bottom 50 percent of the world, The Guardian reported. The study examined 25 years of carbon dioxide emissions and wealth inequality from 1990 to 2015.

Read More Show Less
The label of one of the recalled thyroid medications. FDA

If you are taking medication for an underactive thyroid, check your prescription.

Read More Show Less

Support Ecowatch