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February 2018

ConnectWith: Elkin Fairfield Inn & Suites

Hotel recharges guests, now cars

Visitors to the Yadkin Valley have been recharging with a good night’s sleep at the Elkin Fairfield Inn since 2008. An added feature invites a new type of guest.

The Yadkin Valley has long attracted seekers of its well-known festivals, breathtaking views, recreational activities and more recently its rich wine industry. For most, a road trip simply means stopping occasionally to refuel at a gas station. A newer breed of road trippers, who depend on electricity rather than gasoline, have reason for concern when planning their excursion: “Where is the nearest charging station?”  

In an effort to keep pace with technology and amp up tourism throughout the area, Elkin Fairfield Inn General Manager Michael Wilson is excited to introduce the addition of charging stations for plug-in electric vehicles (EVs). Up to four vehicles can recharge outside while their drivers also recharge inside the hotel. An electric vehicle can receive a full charge in about four hours at one of the Fairfield Inn charging units. 

The increased presence of charging stations across the country has also added confidence in EV owners about taking longer and more frequent road trips. Wilson is hopeful this new feature will help attract visitors to the area, and more specifically to his hotel. 

Plug-in EVs, on average, cost about three cents per mile to operate, while gas-powered vehicles are closer to 10 cents per mile. As the selection of EVs continues to increase and prices become more affordable, expect to see more of them on the road  in the Yadkin Valley.  

As an electric cooperative member, Wilson values the service provided by Surry-Yadkin EMC and extends that same type of experience to his guests by fulfilling their needs. As good stewards of the environment, Wilson and his hotel staff encourage each other and their guests to practice energy efficiency. They recently made the switch to LED lights in their winter wonderland of Christmas trees and decorations on display during the month of December each year. 

Expect to see more EV charging stations throughout the state as part of a collaborative effort among Surry-Yadkin EMC and North Carolina’s electric cooperatives.



SYEMC and Fairfield Inn officials celebrate the completion of the hotel’s new EV charging stations.



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