EV Connect has confirmed a collaboration with Marriott Hotels to enhance charging infrastructure for the hospitality giant’s customers. Approximately 6,000 “qualifying locations” will gradually receive the necessary hardware, software, and dedicated technical support.
Earlier this month, Hilton announced a partnership with Tesla to deploy Level 2 EV charging solutions at over 2,000 hotels, including up to 20,000 Universal Wall Connectors. This move received a positive response from Hilton customers, Tesla enthusiasts, and travelers, prompting many social media users to tag Marriott and suggest they do the same.
Marriott, which owns approximately 8,600 properties, quickly heeded the call but with a unique twist. Instead of adopting Tesla’s Universal Wall Connector, which can charge both CCS Combo 1- and NACS-equipped EVs, the Maryland-based company opted for EV Connect’s Shield product.
This decision allows Marriott to choose the type of power dispensers it prefers, with the added benefit of being able to install not only Level 2 chargers but also Level 3 DC fast-charging stations.
Andrew Bodziak, Senior Vice President of Global Operations at Marriott International, commented, “Our guests increasingly expect EV charging stations at our properties, and this collaboration will help us meet rapidly evolving consumer demand and further the company’s sustainability goals.”
EV Connect collaborates with industry leaders such as Tritium, BTC Power, Zerova, Freewire, and others. The provider offers 11 types of chargers, including seven Level 2 (AC) and four Level 3 (DC) chargers.
While it’s not clear whether the 6,000 Marriott locations will offer both CCS Combo 1 and NACS inlets, it’s likely that the two companies discussed this to accommodate a broad range of EVs. EV Connect already has NACS adapters deployed at some of its stations.
Marriott will have the flexibility to offer customers varying charging speeds based on location. EV Connect’s Shield also includes a software platform for monitoring and managing the charging network. This capability will be useful for notifying customers to unplug or preventing station hogging.
Additionally, EV Connect commits to providing certified support, remote troubleshooting, routine updates, timely replacements when necessary, and a guarantee of on-site repairs within 72 hours, all performed by qualified personnel.
Marriott and EV Connect’s initial focus will be on locations in the US and Canada.
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— EV Connect (@EVConnect) September 19, 2023