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Partnership Further Establishes Pittsburgh as a Tech-Forward Destination
PITTSBURGH – VisitPITTSBURGH is pleased to announce a business partnership with SuLo XYZ, a Pittsburgh-based technology startup focused on providing visitors and residents alike with access to portable, hand-held charging batteries for their phones, tablets and more.
Together with SuLo XYZ, VisitPITTSBURGH will deploy charging stations, which house and recharge mobile battery packs, throughout Allegheny County, creating an ecosystem that makes it easy and convenient for visitor devices to always be “topped up” on battery power.
“VisitPITTSBURGH’s new business relationship with SuLo XYZ not only makes travel throughout the Pittsburgh region more convenient, but it also underscores Pittsburgh’s position as a tech-forward destination for business, sports and leisure travel,” VisitPITTSBURGH President & CEO Jerad Bachar said. “Convenient and simplistic in its approach, SuLo XYZ has made it easy for businesses within the travel and hospitality communities to be a part of the burgeoning tech ecosystem focused on visitors. Our hope is that these charging stations will soon be available in all of Pittsburgh’s major attractions, hotels, visitor centers, restaurants and more.”
The toaster-like power stations house eight portable chargers, each with lightning micro-USB and USB-C cables built-in. The charges are equipped with fast-charge technology that allows a phone to be fully charged in 35 minutes. Users simply need to download the SuLo XYZ app then scan a QR code at a power station to receive a portable charger they can take with them. The battery packs can be dropped off at the next most-convenient station; users do not need to return them to the original station.
The cost to rent is $1.50 per hour, with a maximum daily cost, and battery packs are available to rent for up to three days before users are charged $36 to purchase the device. Businesses who house the charging stations receive 15% of all net revenues produced by any charger.
"It's a wonderful opportunity to work with VisitPITTSBURGH on our mission to create the ‘Pittsburgh Experience’ of convenience for visitors and residents alike,” Jiaman Xu, SuLo XYZ co-founder and CEO, said. “We wanted to create a fun and affordable way to enjoy more of what Pittsburgh has to offer with a reimagined rental charger service. You will no longer need to divert from your plan when your phones run low. SuLo XYZ is here to ensure your visit to Pittsburgh goes uninterrupted. With VisitPITTSBURGH's network, we aim to create an ecosystem that calls local businesses together to achieve our shared vision of making Pittsburgh into a more tech-friendly city."
Launched in November 2020 by University of Pittsburgh graduates, SuLo XYZ charging stations are currently available in 40 Pittsburgh businesses.
VisitPITTSBURGH is the official tourism marketing and promotion agency of the Pittsburgh region. The organization is dedicated to generating business events, sports events and leisure travel.