Edited by: Nick Ellis
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In excellent news for electric vehicle owners everywhere, Hilton announced today, September 7, 2023, an expanded agreement with Tesla to install up to 20,000 vehicle chargers at its properties across North America.
Let’s take a look at the details.
Hilton’s Universal Tesla Chargers
This expanded agreement will put up to 20,000 new universal Tesla chargers at properties in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. As the name implies, these chargers will allow all types of EV drivers to charge their cars, not just Teslas. The agreement calls for at least 6 chargers at 2,000 different hotels, making Hilton a leader in EV charging access.
Even better, these installations will begin in early 2024, which means guests won’t have to wait long to start seeing progress.
To date, there are more than 1,850 Hilton-branded properties with EV charging access out of the 6,800 worldwide, which means that this agreement will more than double the available chargers.
As it stands, it’s already possible to filter your search results with Hilton to include properties with EV chargers. In a recent search, we found 16 of 50 Hilton properties within the greater San Diego area to include chargers.
However, California is well-known as a hub for EVs and EV charging networks, while more remote locations in the country, as well as Canada and Mexico, may be lacking.
Tesla’s Universal Wall Connector will add up to 44 miles of range per hour with an 11.5 kW output. This is significantly slower than you’ll find with most modern fast chargers, which can add up to 200 miles of range in as few as 15 minutes.
However, those looking for fast charging aren’t Hilton’s demographic — after all, this is a service mainly geared toward overnight guests. And since most EVs max out at a range of 400 miles or less, even a car parked with a low battery should be good to go by the next morning.Hot Tip:
Got an EV and want to take a road trip? Check out our guide: Iconic American Road Trips as Traveled by an EV [2023 Study]!
Hilton adding 20,000 new chargers across North America is great news for electric vehicle owners. While it’s already possible to complete a cross-country road trip with an EV, in some lower-density population areas it can be a struggle to find a charger. Sounds like it’s time to dust off those Hilton Honors points and plan a vacation!
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