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Electric car owners will get a charge out of Holiday Inn in Duluth

The Holiday Inn & Suites will become the first private company in Duluth to offer electric car-charging stations today, a service hotel officials hope will draw travelers from the Twin Cities who drive electric cars and hybrids.

By: Candace Renalls, Duluth News Tribune

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Blake Naber, assistant general manager of the Holiday Inn in downtown Duluth, charges up a Chevy Volt from one of the hotel’s new charging stations for electric and hybrid cars on Monday afternoon. Charging is free for hotel guests and $2 per hour for the public. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)
Charging station

The Holiday Inn & Suites will become the first private company in Duluth to offer electric car-charging stations today, a service hotel officials hope will draw travelers from the Twin Cities who drive electric cars and hybrids.

The city’s largest hotel, with 339 rooms, the Holiday Inn follows the University of Minnesota Duluth and the city of Duluth, which installed charging stations earlier this year. The city’s charging station is at the Depot’s upper parking lot.

“We see more and more of the Chevy Volts and other electric cars on the road,” said Gerry Goldfarb, the hotel’s general manager. “This might set us apart for potential guests coming up from the Twin Cities. We wanted to be in the forefront.”

The Holiday Inn’s two new charging stations are outside the lobby entrance on the third floor of the ramp and hotel, accessible from First Street. The stations will be free for guests, while others will be charged $2 per hour of charging.

Manufactured by California-based ChargePoint, each is 6 feet tall and
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