Hilton Announces Electric Car Charging Program For U.S.

OCT 18 2015 BY MARK KANE 28

Thanks To Jamie H For Getting A Shot Of The GE Wattstation

Thanks To Jamie H For Getting A Shot Of The GE WattStation Pedestal Unit in McLean, VA – Apparently This Unit Was Totalled On Thursday (Oct 15th) By Someone Backing In To Neighboring Disabled Spot

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.”

Another Live Look At The Hilton Charging Setup In VA (via Jamie H!)

Another Live Look At The Hilton Charging Setup In McLean, VA (via Jamie H!)

Charging stations at Hilton hotel

Charging stations at Hilton hotel

Tesla destination charging point

Tesla destination charging point

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!

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Congratulations to Hilton, GE, and Tesla for the vision and work to make this happen.



Paris musta got a MS

I thought the same 😀

not only is this a very practical policy, because guests will typically be parking their cars their cars for an extended period of time so that you can get a meaningful charge. the other aspect about this is that it avoids the unpleasant scenario in which the hotelier has to refuse a guest’s request to use an outdoor receptacle to recharge his vehicle.

Overnight Level 2, or keep driving. I hope folks here take those post hotel stay surveys, and express a desire for charging. I do it even when I fly.

Tesla-specific level 2 stations piss me off. Needlessly exclusive. Sure, Tesla provides the charge station itself for free, but that’s a small portion of the overall cost of the project, and it ties up a LOT of capacity for future expansion.

Better slow that mustang down.

I think it’s quite practical of the hotels. The number of road-tripping teslas far outnumber the number of other BEV’s. And I say this as a leaf owner. I wouldn’t even _consider_ taking my leaf on any kind of road trip that requires an overnight hotel stay.

So for the hotels, a L2 evse is a courtesy for their staff and restaurant patrons. Any overnight guests will be driving a Tesla or a plug-in hybrid that can make do with a standard wall outlet.

Plus having chargers that can charge a Tesla at 75mph (20kwh), means more guests can be serviced by the same 4 parking spaces, versus have them all taken by 4 Tesla’s charging at 20 mph (6.6kwh). It’s better for the hotel to have these dedicated Tesla wallchargers.

The high amperage of Tesla’s HPWC is not a justification – there are J1772 EVSEs that are equally as powerful and that Tesla drivers can enjoy equally.

In addition to the power not being a justification for installing Tesla only charging stations, just because you wouldn’t drive your LEAF on a trip that required a hotel stay others of us would and have, only I have a Kia Soul EV rather than a LEAF. A J1772 plug is usable by almost all EVs including the Tesla. Why would a hotel limit their market?

Are you refering to the fact that 2- HPWC tesla chargers use juice at the rate that 10 – 16 amp evses could provide? In other words instead of having 2 universal 30 amp EVSE’s and 2 teslas they could have 2 – 30’s and 10 – 16’s so that they could charge 12 guests’ cars, and anyone who needed more than 15 or 16 would just use the 30’s and for an overnight stay even the Tesla’s would work well at 30 amps?

Brian here and I ran into the same issue when parking in a suburb of Auburn, NY, where there were 2-80 amp tesla only facilities plus one 32 amp universal. I could charge at 15 amps and he at 17, but I relinquished my spot for him since he had to have it, but it was optional for me. But it does seem rather a waste, since in NY State you have to go a while before seeing a Tesla, whereas other EV’s are getting rather commonplace, especially GM and Ford products; the 2 – 80 amp teslas were unused for the duration.

Yeah, that whole situation is maddening. Honestly, I wish they would just install all J1772’s, and make the Tesla owners carry their own (very small) adapter. Even if they make them all 80A, you would have an EVSE that can truly service ANY EV.

It’s not a small portion of the project. Tesla also pays towards installation and sometimes even contributes a J1772 charging station too. Sometimes it’s the entire cost of the project. I don’t see other EV manufacturers doing anything like this for destination charging. Perhaps that’s because their cars don’t have the range to drive to most destinations.

Yes, a $1000 EVSE IS a small part of the cost, with most Level 2 installations costing $5k and higher. See Rocky Mountain Institute’s blog post below, those numbers match what I’ve seen as well. But the most important part is that the first few charging stations a host installs are likely to be the cheapest – you can pull off a few 40A or 80A circuits without a significant upgrade. What are these hosts going to say in a few years when more and more J1772 vehicles come knocking on their door for charging, and they realize they have to do a much more expensive electrical upgrade this time around because Tesla already snatched the low-hanging fruit?

You could say “good for Tesla, early bird catches the worm” but that kinda goes against Elon Musk’s attitude around support a broader transition to electrified transportation. Their Level 2 stations are needlessly exclusive.


Yeah, I’m frustrated when I see overly expensive EV ‘public’ charging infrastructure. Item: IKEA Canada is installing 2 EVSE’s (9.6 kw each – 200 volts @ 48 amps) at each of their stores, with provision to double that). The installation is the most expensive way possible. They have a 347Y/600 volt feed off the store’s main switch gear, with a 100 amp 4 wire plus ground feeder to the parking lot area. Then in a closet they have a 600-208 volt 75 kva step down transformer to make it work. Of course, then they also need a 400 amp main switch off the transformer as well as a 400 amp switchboard for the 4 – 60 amp circuits. Big (unnecessary) Bucks. But GM products, which are very popular in Canada, only charge at 3 kw at best due to their 15 amp limitation. But whatever, this is a huge expense for only ultimately 2 docking stations with a maximum possible of 4. Now with autotransformers, I could cut the cost by at least 1/2 and in practice make it about 1/3 the cost of the electrical infrastructure, since the autotransformer would only have to be 1/3 the size (since 2/3… Read more »

That’s great news we just went on a trip to Cincinnati and would’ve went with the leaf but couldn’t find a hotel to charge

I have used the Embassy Suites LAX L2 a couple months ago and will be using the Tesla HPWA at the Embassy Suites La Jolla this weekend. Very convenient and I always tell the manager that I appreciate the ability to charge.

All rental car and hotel chains could do this.

Wal-Mart also

Do the Walmart customer profile and EV owner profile overlap that much?

You’d be surprised.
Definitely in Leaf, CMax, Volt territory.

Electric cars are the future mainstream vehicles. For every purchase over $ 100 at Walmart – bonus – free of charge.

Once the car is charged, there should be a system that gives another EV vehicle access to that charger without moving cars. Perhaps a hotel parking charging rail system so the charger can be easily moved to another parking spot once the other car is done. This allows the the customers who check in, not have to back out to move their car for the next EV driver thus no hogging of limited EV parking spots.

There should be an app for that.
Five minutes before your charge is done, to tell you.
Then the next guy gets notified too, once you leave.

of course, if the charge is “done” in the middle of the night, i don’t think that you would be likely to do anything about it at that time…

i would think that the real objective of this is for overnight guests, where the guests would be charging overnight. so i think that what you are proposing seems unnecessary.

100 hotels by the end of 2016 is actually an extraordinarily slow rollout, considering all the Hilton brands have over 2500 hotels in the U.S.

The Hyatt in downtown San Diego just rolled out half a dozen charging stations. I have a picture of a Hummer taking up one of the spots. Even in San Diego Hummers like to ICE.