(Girdwood, AK) – Alyeska Resort’s installation of an electric vehicle charging station is a partnership with Chugach Electric’s Electric Vehicle Charger Research Program. Through this effort, Chugach is seeking up to five commercial members to install charging stations for their customers so Chugach can obtain usage data that will support future EV charging developments.  Chugach is helping offset the initial installation cost in exchange for the member owning, operating, maintaining, paying the electric bill for, and sharing the energy usage information from the charging station for at least three years. Alyeska Resort is the first participant in this program and will be hosting a ribbon cutting event on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at noon in the base area parking lot next to the Aerial Tramway and Hotel Alyeska. Pricing to use Alyeska’s charging station is $5 per hour with a maximum of five hours.

“We are pleased to be partnering with Alyeska Resort on this electric vehicle charger,” said Chugach CEO Lee Thibert.  “Having a public charger in Girdwood is one step toward providing more charging stations in communities around southcentral Alaska.  It will also provide us with needed information that will support future charging developments.” 

“Alyeska Resort is committed to progressing the ways we serve our guests; our new E.V. charging station is just one way we’re doing this,” explains Mandy Hawes, Alyeska Resort General Manager. “Along with encouraging EV’s to visit Alyeska, we are also offering hotel guests a $5/day food and beverage voucher or a donation to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center as part of our Green Stay Initiative for guests who waive housekeeping on multi-day stay overs. These programs are helping us reduce our carbon footprint as well as our water and chemical usage.”

As a side benefit, the public charging infrastructure in Chugach’s service area will be significantly improved, therefore providing additional assurance to potential electric vehicle buyers that there are multiple places to charge other than at home.

The ribbon cutting coincides with National Drive Electric Week, September 14 - 22. The week is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of the widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars and trucks and other types of vehicles. The charging station at Alyeska is a Chargepoint and drivers can access the station and pay via the Chargepoint app.

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Alyeska Resort is Alaska’s premier year-round destination featuring The Hotel Alyeska, an award-winning 300 room full-service property. Located just 40 miles from Anchorage, Alyeska Resort is your base camp for summer and winter excursions. Learn more at www.AlyeskaResort.com or 800.880.3880.