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Would you pay more for a short term rental (or AirBnB) if it had a charger?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by DOCAL, Sep 3, 2018.

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Would you pay more for a short term rental (or AirBnB) if it had a charger?

  1. Yes

    12 vote(s)
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  2. No

    1 vote(s)
    7.7%
  1. DOCAL

    DOCAL Member

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    Could be any sort of L2 charger, HPWC, J1772 or a NEMA 14-15 etc. (240V, >=30A)

    Is the convenience of having on site charging appealing enough that you'd pay extra for a place?
     
  2. David99

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    I would not pay more. I would pick it more likely. To you as the owner it would mean you get more likely a renter making more money in the long run. A 14-50 plug would be the easiest and least expensive to install.

    Are you planning on installing a meter and charge people for the extra electricity they use?
     
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  3. gaswalla

    gaswalla P4201/85/airsusp/pano/19i

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    having a charger does a renter no good unless they have an EV to charge... an AirBNB with a Tesla and a charging station: that's appealing
     
  4. JasJ

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    I have and do look for charging options and a garage to park in. Usually where there is a garage there is a nearby utility room with washer and dryer. With permission, I use the dryer outlet to charge.
     
  5. DOCAL

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    The question was from a friend who owns an AirBnB who asked me if I'd pay extra for one with a charger, since she knows that I specifically look for hotels with destination chargers. My reply was that I'd look for an one with a charger (I wish more mentioned it in their listings), as the convenience factor would be worth it, if that rental was a little more expensive, then I'd probably consider it worth the extra.

    Right now she's looking at a 14-50 or a J1772, to make it as flexible as possible. No extra meter, but maybe keeping the rental price the same and asking people that want to use the charger to pay $5 or so to cover the electricity would be a fairer option.
     
  6. David99

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    Yes a reasonable fee for the extra electricity is totally fine. Charging a Tesla can use up to 70 kWh which is $10-20 depending on the electricity price.

    But having a charger is only worth anything to EV owners. Anyone else would not want to pay more for what they can’t use.
     

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