Millions spent on hotel facelifts
reopen on November 18 as Bougainvillea Barbados.
Sales and marketing manager Jamal Griffith said the renovations included a new exterior façade; a makeover to the interior designs; a new full service Karma Spa and Wellness Centre and two new restaurants.
“Our entire team at Bougainvillea Barbados is so delighted with the opportunity to welcome guests to a new experience this year,” he said.
“Though we maintained our facility very well over the years, the owners and management are committed to improving the product with a view of the future. This speaks volumes about vision, and the level of commitment the organisation has to the local economy, the tourism industry and to our staff, who were actually integral in the renovation, as many weren’t laid off, but opted to stay on and assume roles integral to the project,” Griffith said.
Electric vehicles che er t tr vel
ELECTRIC CAR CHARGERS are popping up at a rapid rate and “filling up” is cheaper than traditional gas and diesel.
One of newest was recently installed at City Centre Mall in Bridgetown, and by the end of this week, four more will be located in the new Massy complex at Holetown, St James. Twelve more will be installed at other locations in the coming days.
Chief technical officer with Megapower, which imports the electric vehicles, Simon Richards, told the WEEKEND NATION there were more than 300 charging points to service the 270 solar cars.
“A lot of those are restricted to lock down locations, for just those businesses or their customers or home locations. . . .We have more charging points in Barbados than cars, and that is quite deliberate. A lot of people have a charger at home and a charger at work [and it’s] the public charging network that we’ve built to allow for the expansion on the island.
“The way of getting people to buy cars is that they are comfortable that they can fill them up. So we want to put a charger on every corner, on every street, in every shopping mall, in every office block, in every block of houses and every block of flats. In time, anyone that has a car has the option of an electric car, and it’s to put in a charger in the right place,” he said, adding that Bridgetown was an important site for the company.
There is a $3 per hour fee for use of the chargers. They are activated with an RSID card, which works like a debit card and customers can opt for pre-paid and post-paid services. There is one orange ultra-charger which fills up in 20 minutes; and hundreds of green fast chargers, which take between three and six hours to fill up. A second ultra-charger will soon be installed at The Walk complex at Welches, St Thomas.
Sales and operations manager Ana Herrera explained the savings customers could enjoy by switching.
“BL&P electricity rate for the month of October was $0.49 per kilowatt hour (VAT inclusive). A 24-Kilowatt vehicle requires 24 kilowatts of power. The cost for a full recharge would be $11.80. The cost to recharge a 30 kilowatt battery is $14.76. That is $0.09 per kilometre. Petrol vehicles are easily two or three times the price.”
Herrera said recharging times varied according to charging speed. Overnight units, for example, take eight hours. Faster charging is possible on the Megapower public network, which delivers 45 kilometres per hour and rapid or ultra chargers can give drivers an 80 per cent charge in 20 minutes.
The vehicles come in 24 kilowatt or 30 kilowatt capacity, which allow for a driving range of approximately 130 kilometres or 180km, respectively, on a full charge. The frequency of the charge depends on the driver and the commute. Herrera said results from a study conducted three years ago showed the average driver did 42 kilometres per day and 24 kilowatt owners were recharging every third day.
Herrera said Megapower had invested “heavily” in solar photo voltaic systems at locations and put enough clean energy into the grid to offset the energy consumption of electric vehicles on the island. ( YB)
He explained because the service allowed multiple people to use one vehicle, it could help to ease the traffic jams which occur on mornings and again during the evening.
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