November 16, 2009 // Franchising.com // Chanhassen, Minn. – The national hotel chain AmericInn® announces the opening of a public electric vehicle charging station at its Elk Horn, Iowa, property located off of Interstate 80 between Omaha and Des Moines. This AmericInn location is the first official hotel in Iowa to host a public charging station.
The station allows customers to swipe a keyfob and then plug-in and charge their electric vehicles. Users may locate the charging station and even determine whether or not it is currently occupied using Google maps.
"AmericInn is thrilled to be home to one of the first electric vehicle recharging stations in Iowa," said AmericInn Lodge & Suites co-owner Lisa Riggs. "We believe the station exemplifies the lengths we will go to meet the convenience and comfort needs of our guests."
The AmericInn charging station, which opened on November 12, 2009, is located in AmericInn's parking lot and is one of the first four locations along the I-80 corridor between Chicago and Denver. The other charging stations are also in Elk Horn and are hosted by the Danish Windmill, Elk Horn Service Station and World Cal, Inc. The ChargePoint® Networked Charging Stations are led and funded by Elk Horn, Iowa-based renewable energy company Iron Eagle Technologies, Inc.
The AmericInn Lodging System is one of the premiere hotel chains in the United States with approximately 230 locations currently open or under development in 22 states, with a large representation in the Upper Midwest. The success and solid growth of the AmericInn Lodging System is due to the chain's commitment to provide friendly service, an affordable stay and a comfortable atmosphere where guests can relax, renew and recharge. AmericInn competes across the mid-scale without food and beverage segment and is franchised by Northcott Hospitality, a Minnesota-based company with headquarters in Chanhassen.