LAS VEGAS, Feb. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) has started the largest installation of Electrical Vehicle (EV) charging stations in Nevada.
Twenty-seven EV charging stations will be located at nine of the company's Las Vegas resorts in addition to MGM Resorts' main corporate offices. Additional stations will be available at Circus Circus Reno. The charging stations, which will be installed in guest garages and valet areas, will be available for employees and guests to use at no cost.
"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."
Drivers will be able to access real-time information about the ChargePoint EV charging stations via a mobile application, which shows whether a station is open; the percentage of charge on the vehicle, when the vehicle is fully charged and when a charging nozzle has been removed. Each charger is equipped with two Level 2 charging ports supplying up to 7.2 kW, full motion color LCD display and a robust cord retraction system. All units will have the industry standard SAE J1772 charging ports.
"The installation of EV charging stations provides yet another draw to visit and stay at the MGM Resort properties," said Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint, the largest network of EV charging stations in the nation. "This project shows MGM's commitment to sustainability and continued leadership. 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."
Four charging stations at Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand Las Vegas and Circus Circus Reno have already been installed and are fully operational. Installation of the remaining EV charging stations is expected to be complete by the end of February 2014. MGM Resorts installed its first charging stations in 2011 at The Shoppes at Mandalay Place and The Shops at Crystals. In 2012, an additional station was installed at its corporate office.
In 2012, Transparency Market Research reported 71,174 registered EVs in the United States and more than 180,000 in the world. The figure has more than doubled since 2011. The number of registered EVs in the world is expected to grow by more than 18 percent by 2018.
This installation of EV charging stations is part of a long-standing partnership with NV Energy, and one of many clean energy projects underway by MGM Resorts.
For more information about MGM Resorts International's environmental sustainability programs, please visit: www.mgmresorts.com/csr.
ChargePoint is the largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world, with more than 15,000 charging locations and a 70%+ market share. Ranked #1 by leading independent research firm, Navigant Research, ChargePoint makes advanced hardware and best-in-class cloud based software. ChargePoint's open network is utilized by many leading EV hardware makers and encourages all EV charging manufacturers to join.
ChargePoint's real-time network information including the availability of charging locations throughout the nation is available through the ChargePoint mobile app, online and via the navigation systems in top-selling EVs including the new BMW i3 and Nissan Leaf. Every 10 seconds, a driver connects to a ChargePoint station and by initiating over 3.7 million charging sessions, ChargePoint drivers have saved over 2.6 million gallons of gasoline and driven 65 million gas free miles. For more information about ChargePoint, visit www.chargepoint.com.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company also owns 51% of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is in the process of developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50% of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort and Casino. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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