First Hong Kong Hotel Electrifies Their Shuttle Fleet To Help The Environment
Hotel ICON a luxury Hong Kong hotel has recently added two electric shuttle buses to its existing e-fleet, of which the hotel already runs a fleet of two Tesla Model S sedans and a BMW i3 to serve hotel guests.
The e-shuttle has a capacity for 14 passengers, and runs on a circular route around the Kowloon peninsula in the Tsim Sha Tsui area for guest to hop on and off around all the tourist attractions and shopping malls. Passengers and pedestrians walking in crowded streets will definitely enjoy the cleaner air being inside or outside the emission free e-shuttle.
Richard Hatter, General Manager of Hotel ICON said:
“We couldn’t be prouder to introduce Hong Kong’s first electric hotel shuttle bus. Together with the Tesla Model S and the BMW i3, the hottest electric cars on the road, we provide our guests luxurious, sleek and efficient transportation options.
As we mark our fifth year of operations, it’s immensely gratifying that we continue to lead the industry with genuinely innovative and pioneering technology and thinking. Electric vehicles aren’t just a marketing ploy or gimmick, they’re fundamentally the right thing to do and sit perfectly with our philosophy of running a property that is sustainable wherever possible.”
Richard is also a member of Charged Hong Kong and was recently interviewed by the same group on his EV experience. Hotel ICON also participated in a recent summer school event, displaying the new e-shuttle to a group of students from Belilios Public School.
The e-shuttle is built by a Chinese manufacturer named “WUZHOULONG MOTORS”. The power management system and 3 phase 45kW AC motor was also produced by Chinese firms. The air cooled battery is supplied by Samsung with a capacity of 101.6kWh.
According to the hotel staff each round trip within the Tsim Sha Tsui is about 6km/4 miles (flat roads) and that the maximum range is about 10 trips, but they usually recharge when SOC (state of charge) reaches about 30%.
The manufacturer has other models with extended ranges and power suitable for driving on uphill roads; which are quite common on the Hong Kong island. Over the last few months of operation, the staff noted the average electricity cost per month is under $500 (USD) to operate the two e-shuttle versus, as opposed to the ~$2,000 per month needed to operate their two old diesel based shuttles, running on the same route.
For guest arriving from or leaving the airport (which is about a 70km/45 mile round trip ride), the hotel uses its BMW i3 and Tesla Model S fleet to serve those needs.
In addition, guest driving with their own EVs can enjoy valet charging/parking service. The hotel recently upgraded its six Tesla Destination Wall Chargers to 3 phase 32A 240V units, providing charging speeds at up to 90km (56 miles)/hr for those who have a dual charger, pre-facelifted Model S, which should fill up 90%+ of the battery in 3 to 4 hrs while guests enjoy hotel facilities in the meantime.
Besides reducing harmful emissions on the roads, the hotel continuously commit to introducing environmentally friendly service to work towards a fully sustainable operation at their building. While entering into the hotel lobby, guest will notice a large vertical indoor garden which is the largest in Asia. The garden house over 8,000 plants with 71 different species producing and circulating pure oxygen inside the hotel.
The hotel was also awarded CarbonCare Label from Carbon Care Asia Ltd which recognizes their work towards reducing carbon footprint. From the electric fleet, paperless check-in, use of energy efficient LED lights, use of solar to heat outdoor pool, recycling food waste…..down to providing complimentary tote bag for guest to go shopping, Hotel ICON commits to reducing unnecessary waste while being a leader in self-sustainable hotel.
Also acting as a teaching hotel, it partners with School of Hotel and Tourism Management at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, it hopes to share their experience with other hotels or even different industries that being friendly to the environment is an investment and not a cost.
Hotel ICON is a luxury Hong Kong hotel that takes a new look at hospitality. We are all about individuality and a celebration of Hong Kong’s finest. We’re passionate about local culture – art, design, fabulous food and a modern sparkle packaged up with perfect service.
Hotel ICON is a very special hotel with an equally special purpose: Not only does it embody all the creative energy and spirit of Hong Kong, it’s a “learning environment” on which the aspirations of future hoteliers come to life as part of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and an extension of its School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM).