Submitted by shop on Tue, 2013-10-15 23:02
I'm going to be staying at a hotel in Burbank this November, so I tried to find one that had any type of EV charging. I didn't find a single one. One hotel happens to have a couple of chargepoint chargers across the street in a grocery store parking lot, so that's where I'll go.
But this scene is being repeated across the country isn't it? 99% of the hotels out there don't realize that having a $2,000 car charger (cost including installation) would pay for itself within a year from increased EV car owner bookings.
Is there any reason people aren't starting up businesses to outfit hotels with EV chargers? It is a simple local business. Act as a "general contractor" to a local electrician. Find an electrician willing to work with you - these aren't time sensitive installations, so you can offer an electrician jobs that he can do as time permits around other jobs. The single installer/owner would simply cold call various hotels in their area, arrange a site visit and give them a fixed quote for an install. A simple J1772 30A charger would be fine for small hotels, a few of them for bigger ones (this is for overnight charging, so 30A is fine). You would have to learn enough about simple electrical installations and costs (the electrician would do the actual install).
So ... why isn't some budding entrepreneur doing this?