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Four Knoxville hotels add electric vehicle charging stations

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Out of town visitors and local travelers in the Knoxville area now have more fueling options for their Electric Vehicles. Four Knoxville area hotels operated by Kana Hotel Group have installed eight charging stations positioned in preferred parking spaces.

With installations completed, you can now charge your vehicle at:
Hampton Inn Lenoir City -585 Ft. Loudon Medical Center Dr., Lenoir City 37772
Holiday Inn Express Knoxville - East - 730 Rufus Graham Road, Knoxville 37924  
Hampton Inn Knoxville - East 7445 Sawyer Road, Knoxville 37924
Holiday Inn Express & Suites - 111 Hillvale Road, Clinton 37716  

"We worked with ECOtality to install Level 2 charging stations at four of our Knoxville area hotels.  Providing travelers green fueling options as they visit Knoxville is the next step in our sustainability efforts. Aside from Knoxville, we have also installed them at our two Nashville area locations," said Kevin Mahoney, president of Kana Hotel Group, in a press release.

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At these location the charging stations will be offered as an amenity at no cost to overnight guests. Non-Guest EV owners who are passing through and need to re-charge will be able to pay with a credit card. 

The hotels also feature other green amenities. Kana worked with EcoGreenHotel to implement water and energy conservation measures to dramatically reduce operational costs through the use of energy management systems.

"The day is coming when many travelers will choose their overnight hotel based on whether or not it has a charging station in the parking lot. In addition to the EV Project there are also companies such as U-Go Stations that make it possible for a green hotel to add a EV Station as an amenity and add a revenue stream with little or no cost out of pocket," said Scott Parisi, president of EcoGreenHotel, in a press release.

Tennessee is one of seven regions in the U.S. participating in the EV project, which is managed by electric vehicle charge company ECOtality. The $230 million project, partially funded with $114.8 million in Department of Energy grants, intends to bring 14,000 charging stations to 18 cities by next summer. 
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