EV Connect, an American provider of EV charging management solutions, has announced a groundbreaking partnership with Marriott International, one of the globe's largest lodging companies. This collaboration will see the deployment of EV chargers at potentially 6,000 eligible locations throughout the United States and Canada.
It's worth noting that this collaboration does not imply that all 6,000 Marriott properties in North America will receive an EV Connect-installed charger. Rather, these locations will gain access to EV Connect's suite of products and services, enabling them to efficiently implement, manage, and cater to guests who drive electric vehicles.
This development follows closely on the heels of Hilton's recent announcement, wherein they revealed plans to install up to 20,000 Tesla Universal Wall connectors at 2,000 hotels across the United States, Canada, and Mexico, creating what is poised to become the hospitality industry's most extensive EV charging network.
Commenting on this momentous partnership, Ram Ambatipudi, Senior Vice President of Business Development at EV Connect, emphasized that it marks a significant milestone in the expansion of the EV market and carries substantial implications for the hospitality sector as a whole.
Meanwhile, Andrew Bodziak, Senior Vice President of Global Operations at Marriott International, underscored the growing expectations of their guests for EV charging facilities at Marriott properties. He stated, “With EV Connect, we can offer properties an end-to-end turnkey service, simplifying the planning, installation, and maintenance processes while simultaneously delivering the high-quality service our guests expect.”
Founded in 2010, EV Connect became a part of the French energy giant Schneider in 2022. The company currently serves customers across 41 U.S. states and boasts an impressive portfolio that includes esteemed names such as General Motors, Verizon, Marriott, Hilton, and Western Digital.
Marriott International, the largest hospitality company globally, operates nearly 8,600 properties under 31 different brands in 139 countries and territories around the world. The forthcoming EV chargers will be integrated into the EV Connect app, enabling hotel patrons to conveniently locate and pay for EV charging services.