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Las Vegas gets charged up with free EV charging stations

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It's more than just the ambiance of Las Vegas that's electric. The city now has the largest network of electric vehicle charging stations in Nevada, and they are free to use.

MGM Resorts International has installed more than two dozen EV chargers at nine of the company's Las Vegas resorts, at its corporate headquarters there, and at another at one of its resorts in Reno.

The charging stations are in guest garages and valet areas, available for both guests and employees to use at no cost. So while you are refilling your plate at one of the city's legendary all-you-can-eat buffets, your EV can be refilling its battery for free in the garage.

"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."

The chargers are from ChargePoint, which allows EV drivers to access real-time information about the charging stations via a mobile app, 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 have the industry standard SAE J1772 charging ports.

There are charging stations at Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand Las Vegas and The Chops at Crystals, in Las Vegas, and at Circus Circus Reno.

The EV charging station at the corporate office was installed in 2012, when Transparency Market Research reported 71,174 registered EVs in the United States and more than 180,000 in the world. 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, one of many clean energy projects underway by MGM Resorts.

ChargePoint is the largest EV charging network in the world, with more than 15,000 charging locations and a 70%+ market share. 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.

Read more articles about electric cars by Green Car Examiner Evelyn Kanter on my website, ecoXplorer

And always drive safely.

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