“Charge it” Takes on New Meaning at Outrigger Enterprises Group

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WAIKIKI, OAHU, HAWAII – Charging an electric vehicle (EV) when travelling for business or on vacation with the family has never been easier. In its efforts to continue to support the State of Hawaiis ongoing efforts for a cleaner and more sustainable future, Outrigger Enterprises Group today announced the installation of electric vehicle charging stations at ten of its Waikiki and Oahu properties. Working with manufacturer and charging station provider AeroVironment (NASDAQ: AVAV), new EV charging stations are now available at the following locations:

  • Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach
  • Outrigger Reef on the Beach
  • OHANA Waikiki East
  • OHANA Waikiki West
  • OHANA Waikiki Malia
  • OHANA Honolulu Airport Hotel
  • Embassy Suites®-Waikiki Beach Walk®
  • Holiday Inn® Waikiki Beachcomber Resort
  • Ala Moana Hotel
  • Best Western® The Plaza Hotel

At least two parking spaces equipped with chargers for electric vehicles are now available in the parking garages at these ten Outrigger-managed or affiliated hotels on Oahu. Each space provides charging equipment that allows drivers to easily connect their EVs to Oahus electrical grid and fill up or top off their batteries with power while parked.

These new EV charging stations give our visitors and residents an opportunity to drive more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly automobiles, said David Lee, vice president of property services for Outrigger Enterprise Group. They are just one of the ways Outrigger supports sustainable practices in the tourism and hospitality industries.

According to a 2012 study by TripAdvisor®, eco-friendliness is an important consideration for travelers and the U.S. hospitality industry. In the travel websites annual survey of hoteliers and B&B owners and innkeepers, 71 percent plan to make more eco-friendly choices. Another study shows that about one out of two travelers now consider eco-friendly vacation plans for their travel. The new EV chargers installed in Outrigger properties support Hawaiis growing charging infrastructure for electric vehicles of today and tomorrow.

All locations include AeroVironments Level 2 chargers, which provide EV drivers with convenient charging while they take care of business or enjoy the Outrigger amenities. In March 2011, AeroVironment was selected to help lead the way to a cleaner transportation future through an $820,000 contract from Hawaii EV Ready Grants Program. As a pioneer in the modern-day electric vehicle industry, AeroVironment is deploying electric vehicle chargers across the United States.

Partnering with forward thinking companies like Outrigger Enterprises Group, who share the same commitment to bringing sustainable solutions to Hawaii, brings us another step closer to a cleaner transportation future, said Wahid Nawabi, senior vice president of Efficient Energy Systems for AeroVironment. Together we are growing the EV infrastructure in the state to facilitate clean transportation and energy independence, and most importantly helping retain the natural beauty of Hawaii.

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