Hilton has pledged to roll out 20,000 electric vehicle chargers across 2,000 hotels in the U.S., Canada and Mexico as part of an expanded partnership with Tesla.
According to Hilton, the effort will create the “largest overnight electric vehicle charging network” within the hospitality industry, while Hilton’s “vast geographic footprint” makes the company’s portfolio “uniquely suited to provide charging access at scale for travelers on long-haul trips.”
The project is scheduled to kick off early next year.
As part of the initiative, participating hotels will install a minimum of six Tesla Universal Wall Connectors, which are capable of charging not only Tesla vehicles, but any North American electric vehicle model.
Tesla launched its Universal Wall Connector, which is retail priced at $595, earlier this year.
“Through this expanded agreement with Tesla, we are significantly changing the landscape of universal EV chargers in North America in an incredibly short amount of time,” Hilton chief brand officer Matt Schuyler in a statement.
Access to EV charging is emerging as a major deciding factor for a growing number of hotel guests. Hilton says the number of searches on Hilton.com for hotels with charging facilities has increased. This year to date, the website’s EV charging search has jumped from fourth to second place when it comes to converting searches to stays.
Hilton announced its first EV charging program in 2015, when the company teamed up with Tesla and GE as part of a plan to bring EV chargers to 100 U.S. hotels by the end of 2016.
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