Hilton to install Tesla charging stations at 2,000 hotels

by: Felicity Cousins | September 8, 2023

AMERICAS: Hilton has announced it will be installing 20,000 Tesla charging points at more than 2,000 hotels.

The expanded agreement with EV giant Tesla will begin in early 2024 with up to 20,000 Tesla Universal Wall Connectors installed at 2,000 hotels in the US, Canada and Mexico.

According to Hilton the plans, which will offer at least six chargers at each selected hotel, makes its EV charging network the largest of any hospitality company.

The group is riding on the popularity of electric cars with its guests, noting that this year the website’s EV charging search attribute had the fastest volume of growth to-date, jumping from fourth to second highest in converting searches to stays. 

Matt Schuyler, chief brand officer, Hilton said: “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. Across Hilton’s family of award-winning brands, this network of EV chargers will offer our guests even more value with the convenience of much-needed overnight charging access in more locations.”

Tesla has recently launched the Universal Wall Connector, a product designed to seamlessly charge any North American vehicle model, expanding Tesla’s efforts to make great charging available to all EVs.

Rebecca Tinucci, senior director of charging infrastructure, Tesla said: “A key priority for Tesla charging is installing low-cost, convenient AC charging anywhere electric vehicles are parked for more than an hour or two. To ensure electric vehicle adoption at scale, our joint industry goal must be to vastly improve upon the traditional gasoline vehicle ownership experience, not just meet it. 

“Installing infrastructure at popular destinations, like Hilton hotels, enables EV owners to charge where they park, meaning no unnecessary refuelling stops along their journey. We applaud Hilton for their leadership in the space and look forward to continuing to ramp this critical program with other industry leaders.” 

Hilton has long been applauded for its sustainability efforts and at the end of last year was recognised, for the sixth year, for its global leadership in sustainability, in the World and North America Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), the ranking for corporate sustainability performance.

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