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Charging at Hotels

Discussion in 'North America' started by Darmok, Jan 2, 2013.

  1. Darmok

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    Not only do I ask about charging stations at hotels that I am considering, but for the ones which do not offer them I let them know that they are "out of the running" for our business. For the hotels that do, I leave a printed card at the front desk at check out thanking them for providing the service and underlining that my choice was made based on the availability of the charging station. I also leave the card at restaurants which provide stations. Every little bit of positive feedback is a help at this early stage of infrastructure roll out.
     
  3. Derek M

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    Is there any way that we can get a letter writing campaign started to encourage hotels to install chargers, or at least 240 volt outlets? I would like to take my car on road trips, but plugging it in at a Walgreens does me no good. Charging while on a road trip will take 5 to 10 hours (without superchargers, which are not located at tourist destinations). I want to have the car with me at my hotel to charge overnight. Tesla's superchargers are great for a long stretch of road, but what is problematic is having a place to charge once you arrive at your destination. For example, I see virtually no chargers in South Lake Tahoe, the Monterey penninsula, or even Las Vegas. Marriott has put in a limited number of chargers, and certainly could be encouraged to put in more. Other hotel chains would probably start to install charging stations if they thought there was demand. I think we should point out that our choice of hotel from this point on will be determined by the availability of a place to charge.
     
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    Here's a tip: Pack one of these in the frunk and look for motels with ground floor laundry facilities. Probably no one would notice if a dryer was unplugged over night :smile:
     
  5. dj905

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    Does anyone have a connection to TripAdvisor.com? We should ask them to start adding EV Charging as an amenity to make it searchable!

    Cheers,

    David
     
  6. Doug_G

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    Hotel charging is now an absolute requirement for me. If I'm arriving by car, it has to be an EV.

    If I'm staying for a couple of days I'm okay with a 110V plug - some hotels have been very helpful with that; the ones that aren't simply do not get my business. I can't go there.

    If I'm staying just one night then I need a J1772, end of story. If you don't have one available, then you don't get my business. Just a few days ago I called a hotel to ask if they had a car charging station. They said no, and I said, "Unfortunately I cannot stay at your hotel. Thanks." I booked at another hotel that wasn't quite as conveniently located, but did have a charger.
     
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    I think it may be equally important to be able to reserve the charging spot, just as you would a room. It would not be good to show up and find another car using the charger when you need it.
     
  8. Doug_G

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    Yeah, I've definitely considered worrying about that. Right now there aren't that many EVs traveling long distances. Eventually it's going to happen, though, and I'm not sure how we'll cope.

    I do tell the staff that I need to use the charger when I make my reservation.
     
  9. Brian H

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    Aah, forget the hotels. RV camps and campgrounds have lots of 14-50s! And cabins, etc. Some Tesloons have even rigged Y-connectors to drain 2 14-50s at once, equivalent to a HPHC, 62 mi/hr! :biggrin:
     

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