10 October 2012 — InterContinental Hotel Groups has built an electric car charge network, connecting eight properties across the group. Five IHG properties across New South Wales – Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach, Crowne Plaza Terrigal, Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Holiday Inn Sydney Airport and Holiday Inn Old Sydney – have electric car charge spots in their property car parks or forecourts. The charge spots have been installed in partnership with leading electric car charge network Better Place. Drivers can plug into the charge spots and top-up their battery whilst enjoying hotel facilities and event spaces. The five IHG hotels join the Australian Government’s $100 million Smart Grid, Smart City trial taking place in Sydney, Newcastle and the Upper Hunter. The 20 electric cars participating in the Smart Grid, Smart City trial will have free access to the Better Place charge spots at the hotels. The NSW hotel charge spots follow previous installations at the Crowne Plaza Melbourne, Crowne Plaza Canberra and the National Convention Centre Canberra.