Hilton Announces Electric Car Charging Program For U.S.
Hilton Worldwide announced an electric car charging program in U.S., through which it will provide charging points at 50 hotels by end of this year.
By the end of 2016, the number of Hilton hotels ready for charging customers EV will double to 100.
Important is that charging points will be compatible with all types of EVs. Hilton teamed with GE and Tesla, so we expect WattStation and Tesla destination charging stations to be installed (as it turns out, on the Hilton’s Facebook page there is a photo confirming the use of those two types of charging stations).
Under the program, Hilton hotel owners can get charging equipment for free, so the only effort is to install them and cover energy bills.
“Electric vehicle owners can now road trip from New York City to Los Angeles with the peace of mind that multiple Hilton properties will be along the way to accommodate their charging needs. This is one of many cutting-edge amenities that give our customers choices to customize their stay. Over the past year, Hilton has also rolled out several exciting enhancements to its highly-rated Hilton HHonors app, including Digital Key and digital check-in with room selection.”
“These charging stations are available at a range of Hilton Worldwide properties from luxury to focused service, including The Waldorf Astoria New York, DoubleTree by Hilton Durango, Hampton Inn by Hilton Reno, and Hilton Los Angeles Airport. Hilton also plans to expand its charging program internationally in the coming year.”
Jim Holthouser, executive vice president, Global Brands, Hilton Worldwide said:
“By teaming with leading organizations like Tesla and GE to add more electric vehicle charging stations, we’re making the travel process easier for a growing number of our guests. We believe technology can and should take the friction out of travel – no matter if you’re road-tripping in an electric vehicle or flying into town and need to find the best way to get to one of our hotels. Our goal is to support our guests in their travels no matter what technology they’re using.”
Hilton turns its attention to EVs due to the increasing number of such vehicles on the roads over the last few years.
Hilton’s EV news and data source is of course InsideEVs’ Monthly Scorecard, which makes us happy:
“EV sales have increased dramatically in the last few years as the number of affordable vehicle options have increased. Since 2010, more than 350,000 EV’s have been sold in the U.S. and approximately 120,000 of those were sold in 2014 alone, according to InsideEVs Monthly Scorecard. Opportunity abounds for Hilton property owners as guest use of EVs continues to increase.”
Hat tip to Jamie H for live photos, and George/Otto, James on the news bulletin!