Des Moines Gets Its First Tesla Charging Stations
The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites in Des Moines, near Jordan Creek Town Center, has added 3 charging stations to its property. Two of the stations are dedicated Tesla Connectors. The other is a standard vehicle charging station.
The hotel was able to acquire the Tesla Connectors through the company’s “destination charging” program. This program allows hotels and resorts to sign up for Tesla installations. The chargers are not Superchargers, but they will provide a full charge in 7-8 hours.
This is good news since Tesla’s charging station map shows that there are no others in the greater Des Moines area. The closest, public use, destination charger is at Wild Rose Casino and Resort in Jefferson, IA, about an hour away and not close to a major freeway.
Other “nearby” chargers are located in Council Bluffs, Davenport, Dubuque, Mount Vernon and Waterloo. None of these locations are advantageous to those passing directly through Des Moines and all are hours away, much closer to Wisconsin or Illinois.
Tony Shepard, chief of operations at the hotel and attached Johnny’s Italian Steakhouse said:
“One of the hotel’s consistent customers, who drives a Tesla, comes through Des Moines while driving from Arkansas to Minneapolis. The customer had suggested the hotel work with Tesla to install a charging station.”
Shepard pointed out that, for the time being, the stations are open to the public. However, the primary reason for installing them is to provide additional services for hotel and restaurant customers.
Hopefully, such programs offered by Tesla will aid in the installation of charging stations in areas of need. At this point, there are likely few areas “not in need.” It just takes proactive business owners to take the step forward.
Source: Des Moines Register