Bastrop – Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative and the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa are partnering to install two electric vehicle charging stations capable of charging four cars at a time at the Bastrop County resort hotel. This is the first partnership between Bluebonnet and one of its members to provide public charging stations for electric vehicles. The co-op’s service area includes major highways between Austin, San Antonio and Houston.
“Hyatt Regency Lost Pines is an ideal partner for this project and a perfect, logical place for us to install the first electric vehicle charging stations in our service area,” said Mark Rose, Bluebonnet’s general manager. “It’s one of the best resort hotels in the country and a prime destination for conferences, company retreats and meetings, and family vacations. The ability to charge electric vehicles will be add to the Hyatt’s sustainable initiatives and allow it to better serve its eco-minded guests.”
The resort, located west of Bastrop on Texas 71, currently provides electric vehicle charging, but does not have permanent charging stations capable of handling more than one car at a time. “We have certainly seen an increase in the number of guests traveling to our destination in electric vehicles, and we are truly thrilled to work with Bluebonnet to bring electric vehicle charging stations to our property,” said Steve Dewire, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines general manager. “These charging stations are a wonderful example of just how valuable our longstanding relationship with Bluebonnet is to the resort experience, and this project is yet another way we are able to collaborate to enhance the quality of that experience. In addition, we are delighted to be offering use of these charging stations on a complimentary basis for our guests, as well as those who are visiting our hotel for meetings events and spa and golf outings.”
The charging stations going in at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines are ChargePoint fast chargers. ChargePoint operates the world’s largest electric vehicle charging network with more than 17,700 locations in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The charging stations will have universal connectors capable of charging electric cars made by major manufacturers, including Nissan, Chevrolet, Toyota, Tesla and BMW. Each charging station can accommodate two cars at a time.
Bluebonnet and Hyatt Regency Lost Pines teams are working together to prepare the on-site location for the stand-alone, pedestal-style charging stations. The charging stations will be near the hotel entrance, by the valet parking area, and will be ready for guests by the end of July.
The electric vehicle charging stations at Hyatt Regency Lost Pines are part of a Bluebonnet initiative to work with local businesses and developers to install charging stations in the co-op’s service area. Bluebonnet’s service area encompasses parts of 14 Central Texas counties between Austin, San Antonio and Houston. Major highways in the Bluebonnet’s service area include I-35, U.S. highways 290 and 183, and Texas highways 71 and 130.
“Bluebonnet provides power to communities and businesses between three of the largest metropolitan areas in Texas,” Rose said. “Electric vehicles are getting better and battery technology is improving. More people are seeing the value and benefit of electric cars, from the Nissan Leaf to Tesla’s models. Like Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, there are many more locations and businesses in our service area that attract visitors from Houston, San Antonio and Austin. By partnering with them and investing in electric vehicle charging stations we are providing a service that will bring in additional money for our local businesses and tax revenue for our communities.”
Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative is one of the largest electric cooperatives in Texas and has been serving its members since 1939. Bluebonnet serves more than 85,000 meters and owns and maintains 11,000 miles of power lines, located across more than 3,800 square miles within 14 Central Texas counties. Bluebonnet’s service area stretches from Travis County to Washington County, and from Milam County to Gonzales County. For more information about Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, visit bluebonnet.coop and follow the co-op on Facebook and Twitter.
Situated along the banks of the Lower Colorado River between Austin and Bastrop, Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa offers a luxurious Texas wilderness escape on 405 acres of scenic terrain. The resort features 491 guest rooms, more than 60,000 square feet of indoor meeting space and over 240,000 square feet of outdoor function space with pavilions and an amphitheater. Amenities include the Wolfdancer Golf Club, Spa Django and Renegade Trailhead equestrian facility. Beyond golf, spa and horseback riding, guests will enjoy exploring the adjoining 1,100-acre McKinney Roughs Nature Park; kayaking and rafting; hiking and birding along 18 miles of trails; archery and trap shooting; swimming and floating at the Crooked River Water Park; nightly s'mores roasts at outdoor fire pits; weekly live music; and a lengthy lineup of recreation activities. Hyatt Lost Pines showcases a blend of year-round and seasonal dining options with everything from a light snack and a beverage to a fine dining experience. To learn more, call 512-308-1234 or visit www.lostpines.hyatt.com.