PALO ALTO, CA (April 18, 2011) : Palo Alto Mayor Sid Espinosa (pictured below at left) joined Eric Horodas, President of Greystone Hotels, to cut the ribbon on the new electric car charging stations at the Creekside Inn in Palo Alto, CA last Friday, April 15. With the number of electric cars on the road today in California estimated to grow significantly as gas prices continue to rise and more alternative energy cars become available, the Creekside Inn in Palo Alto, a member of the Greystone Hotels group, has become one of the first hotels in the state to offer two electric car charging stations. The car charging station, from ChargePoint (Coulomb Technologies) will be offered as a complimentary amenity to both hotel and non-hotel guests. It will take approximately eight hours to charge an empty battery, or about four hours for one that is not entirely empty.
According to Mr. Luis Carreno, General Manager of the Creekside Inn, "We have been practicing green procedures which include recycling, green cleaning products, green amenities, and the installation of water and energy savings devices provided by the City of Palo Alto. We decided the car charging stations were a natural next step and received a grant from the United States Department of Energy and the American Recovery Act." The Creekside Inn is a boutique hotel located in the center of Silicon Valley, California. The hotel offers 136 rooms and suites in a beautiful creek side garden setting just minutes from downtown Palo Alto, Stanford University, Stanford Hospital, Hewlett Packard, NASA, and Google. In its commitment to being eco-conscious, the hotel also offers a complimentary hybrid car service within a five-mile radius of the hotel.