The Mouse Goes Electric – Plug-In Charging At Disneyland
Plug-in car infrastructure has come to Disneyland, as the company has announced twenty charging stations have recently been installed and gone live this month.
The units are in connection with ChargePoint and have been installed in the “Mickey & Friends” parking structure to be used for those guests with electric vehicles.
“Guests can begin using them today by scanning their ChargePoint card or by easily registering for a free ChargePoint account at the charging station, or online at http://www.chargepoint.com.”
Personal Note: Being the unselfish editor-in-chief that I am here at InsideEVs, I would like to mentioned that myself (along with my family) recently boarded a plane and tirelessly flew to Disneyland (with no thought to my own well being) recently to see these units, and can confirm their existence.
It is interesting that Disney has chosen to team up with ChargePoint rather than going it alone; as potential users of this service will now have to pay for the use of the stations. The posted rate is 35 cents per kW hour, for a minimum charge of $1.50; you might think they would have opted to make this a free service considering the $16 one pays (or in this case InsideEVs pays) to use the facility as you visit their theme parks.
“The Disneyland Resort is now home to one of the largest collections of public EV charging stations in Southern California,” said Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint. “We are excited to help the Disneyland Resort become EV ready and have such an iconic destination in our EV charging network. ChargePoint is the nation’s largest EV charging network with more than 15,000 locations.”
Disney has also put in an additional 10 charging points for cast members (that’s employees in English) to use at the resort, as well as some limited charging through Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa valet service.
Walt Disney World in Florida also has plans to unveil “a few” charging stations later this year. Note: I have already committed to visiting these stations on behalf of InsideEVs in late September/early October – all for the benefit of InsideEVs readers.