A manufacturer of electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure equipment says that Schiller Park, Illinois-based Great Escape Restaurant recently hired the company to deploy install publicly-accessible EV charge stations and link them into the company’s renewable wind energy source. The charge stations let the restaurant reach a milestone in its commitment to use and support clean energy and minimize America’s reliance on fossil fuels. It also gives local EV drivers a comfortable place to plug-in and recharge their vehicles.
“Someone’s got to make the leap and do right by the environment to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. We decided to set an example,” says restaurant owner Brian Great. “If a small business can take action and be a proponent of clean energy, others can do the same thing. We’re thankful EV Connect helped us take the next step and extend our wind power to EV drivers, giving them clean energy to power their zero-emission vehicles. Our charge stations are a positive amenity for EV-owning diners—and anyone on the verge of purchasing one.”
EV Connect provided the restaurant with comprehensive infrastructure services, including assistance with EV-charge-station selection, site assessment, installation, power integration, and permitting.
Great Escape gained notoriety in 2009 for its commitment to clean energy by erecting a 108 kW wind turbine. It produces 50 to 70% of the electric power needed for the business. Unused power goes to the local utility to supplement power needs of the community.
“Companies that host EV charge stations provide great service to customers, employees, and the greater good,” said Jordan Ramer, CEO, EV Connect. “Evidence suggests that an accessible charging infrastructure at a variety of locations helps alleviate range anxiety and increases EV adoption.”
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