The big football game between the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots was at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta — and the newest NFL stadium was built with sustainability in mind. Part of its modern design is sections of its parking lots devoted to electric car charging.
Electric vehicle (EV) charging is available for up to 48 cars at a time, for those with a purchased parking pass. Compare that to the three charging stations at Soldier Field in Chicago. FedEx Field in Washington, D.C., does have 10 chargers, but that’s nothing compared to the dozens of DC (direct current) fast charger plugs Mercedes-Benz Stadium offers. Those chargers can fill batteries up to 80 percent in about 30 minutes — or about one half-time show.
But then again Mercedes-Benz Stadium is not your typical stadium: on top of the EV chargers, it’s got 4,000 solar panels, an edible garden, a 680,00-gallon rain water cistern, and energy-efficient LED lighting.
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