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Any charging-friendly hotels in Rockville, MD area?

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by SamGarber, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. SamGarber

    SamGarber S85 "Whale Shark"

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    I am hoping for an overnight charge to minimize range anxiety for the 200mile round trip between Newark Supercharger and Rockville. I already saw the Marriott has a charger but was wondering if any other options exist nearby for overnight hotel charging.
     
  2. Lanny

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    Hotel charging options near Rockville:
    1. Bethesda Marriott Suites has one Aerovironment in a spot with no sign. I'd suggest calling ahead and seeing if they can cone that spot. Bethesda Marriott Suites - Electric Car (EV) Charging Station - PlugShare
    1a. There is a Tesla Gallery at Montgomery Mall very close to the Bethesda Marriott with charging. Tesla Montgomery Mall - Electric Car (EV) Charging Station - PlugShare
    2. Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian center also has one Aerovironment unit. Free and worked as of three weeks ago. Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center - Electric Car (EV) Charging Station - PlugShare
    3. There is a SemaConnect station (card required and fee charged, $10/hr after 4 hours!) close to the SpringHill Suites and Residence Inn in Gaithersburg. The Summit of Washington - Electric Car (EV) Charging Station - PlugShare

    Good Luck

    Lanny
     
  3. paulkva

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    Not precisely what you asked for, but Tesla has a store and a service center in/near Rockville, both of which I believe have HPWCs available. If you leave DE with something close to a full charge, and you're willing to spend an hour at a mall (or a service center), that should give you a comfortable buffer to get back to DE, especially since you have twin chargers. For either location, I recommend calling ahead.

    http://www.teslamotors.com/montgomerymall
    http://www.teslamotors.com/service/rockville
     
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    Ah, these are all good options! Thanks. I might do dinner at the mall to get a bit of extra juice in the evening. I was hoping to stay at a Hilton so all the Marriotts are great but was trying to avoid them :)
     
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    PlugShare shows a charging station, in an office parking garage, close to the Rockville-Gaithersburg Hilton Garden Inn:
    Shady Grove Office Park - Electric Car (EV) Charging Station - PlugShare
    http://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/maryland/hilton-garden-inn-rockville-gaithersburg-DCARVGI/index.html
    I can't vouch for either one, but both are close to Fallsgrove shopping center on Shady Grove Rd, which has a bunch of good places to eat.

    The Rockville Hilton is about halfway between the two Tesla locations:
    http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/maryland/hilton-washington-dc-rockville-hotel-and-executive-meeting-ctr-IADMRHF/index.html

    Depending on how long you'll be in town, it's worth calling any hotel to see if they have any outdoor electrical outlets (even a 110-120V) for overnight trickle charging. Most won't advertise that, but if they offer it and you bring your UMC, you can gain 30-40 miles of range per night. I stayed at a Holiday Inn in Cherry Hill NJ a couple months ago, and while I ended up getting ICEd (and thankfully not needing the charge), the hotel staff was very willing to offer their help and electricity for no additional fee. YMMV of course.
     
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    Yup - was thinking about the HGI. The office park location seems like a pay by the KWh so might avoid in favor of the mall or trickle charge. Thanks @PaulKVA
     
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    I work in Rockville and have driven to the Newark DE supercharger... as you say just about 100 miles. Unfortunately while I don't have any hotel experience to help you with, I did want to point out that the Tesla Service Center is in Rockville. If you get in a bind, you could probably hit them up for an hour or two of 240A/50A on the day of your departure if needed.

    Just a thought in case you need a backup plan...
     
  9. Electric1

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    We were at the Gaithersburg Marriot last weekend. The first couple of days were blocked out of the charger by a Mitsubishi MiEV with local plates that didn't move for a couple of days. I mentioned it to the manager and he immediately investigated, found it belonged to a local apartment dweller and he had it towed. Very accommodating.
     
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    The Whole Foods store in Rockville (just off of Rockville Pike) has two Blink chargers in their underground garage. They charge at about 18-19 miles per hour, and costs $1/hr with the Blink card. Tested it several months ago and it worked. I think the first 2 hours of parking (not charging) are free.
     

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