US: Choice Hotels International has partnered with Tesla to offer EV Universal Wall Connectors to guests staying at participating hotels across its US portfolio.
Hotels included in the partnership are Radisson, Cambria, Comfort, Country Inn & Suites, Quality Inn and other Choice-branded hotels across the United States.
The agreement means Choice-branded properties can add four or more charging stations for guests with EVs, in an effort to eliminate one of the biggest pain points for EV drivers travelling for business or leisure.
The Universal Wall Connectors work for both Tesla and non-Tesla brands of EV. The chargers feature up to 44 miles of range added per hour at 11.5 kW / 48 amp output.
To find a hotel with a charging station, travellers can use the EV charging filter on ChoiceHotels.com and the Choice Hotels mobile app. Cardholders of Choice’s two co-brand credit cards, Choice Privileges Select Mastercard and Choice Privileges Mastercard, can also earn 5x points and 3x points respectively, when used on qualifying purchases at EV charging stations installed at a Choice-branded hotel.
“This agreement with Tesla allows our brands to further stand out by increasing access to EV charging for guests and potentially drive incremental topline revenue for hotel owners,” said Dominic Dragisich, executive vice president of operations and chief global brand officer for Choice Hotels International.
Currently, 41 per cent of Choice’s Cambria hotels offer EV charging, and by the end of 2024, all are expected to be outfitted with at least one charging station. Cambria guests rank EV charging as one of the top three sustainability priorities that they look for when booking a stay. Additionally, several of Choice’s corporate offices currently offer EV charging stations, including North Bethesda, Maryland and Scottsdale, Arizona.
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