Marcus Hotels & Resorts Attracts Tesla Owners By Installing High Power Charging Stations

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JUN 21 2014 BY MARK KANE 12

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Marcus Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation, announced that it decided to install Tesla High Power Charging Stations for Tesla Model S electric cars at the majority of its owned and managed properties across the United States.

The Tesla EVSE installs should be ready for the summer. Taking into consideration that it will enable “up to 58 miles of range to the Model S in just one hour,” the units will certainly be 20 kW units.

Brian Burton, vice president, revenue generation for Marcus Hotels & Resorts commented:

“We are always finding new ways to enhance our guests’ overall experience. By combining the leading-edge technology and the forward-thinking of Tesla with our commitment to providing an exceptional experience for our guests, we now have the ability to offer a high-tech, eco-friendly solution for Model S owners traveling this summer.”

“Imagine the ability to travel across the country using only our hotels’ connectors and Tesla’s growing infrastructure of Superchargers. Tesla customers can go from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, Minneapolis to Madison, Lake Geneva to Milwaukee, and Chicago to Atlanta. Owners driving all day can stop at one of our hotels to recharge overnight and be on their way again in the morning. Or, guests can charge their car for a few hours, while enjoying a drink or bite to eat in our popular lounges and restaurants while they wait. Driving a luxury car deserves a luxury experience, and we are pleased to provide that high quality experience to Tesla owners. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Cal Lankton, director of global EV infrastructure for Tesla stated:

“Thanks to our growing Supercharger network, Tesla Model S owners are hitting the road in increasing numbers. By offering convenient destination charging services to Tesla owners, Marcus Hotels & Resorts is replicating the convenience our owners have become accustomed to at home. Waking up relaxed with a fully charged Model S makes for a fantastic road trip experience.”

Marcus Hotels & Resorts has installed Tesla charging stations at the 13 following properties, with more planned in the coming months:

  • Crowne Plaza-Northstar, Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Four Points by Sheraton Chicago Downtown/Magnificent Mile, Chicago, Ill.
  • Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, Wis.
  • Hilton Madison Monona Terrace, Madison, Wis.
  • Hilton Milwaukee City Center, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Heidel House, Green Lake, Wis.
  • Hilton Minneapolis/Bloomington, Bloomington, Minn.
  • InterContinental Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Skirvin Hilton, Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • The Garland, North Hollywood, Calif.
  • The Pfister Hotel, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • The Platinum Hotel & Spa, Las Vegas, Nev.
  • Westin Atlanta Perimeter North, Atlanta, Ga.

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12 Comments on "Marcus Hotels & Resorts Attracts Tesla Owners By Installing High Power Charging Stations"

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Anon

Way cool! Glad to see the hotel industry joining the 21st Century. 🙂

SeattleTeslaGuy

This is fantastic. Definitely something to hold up to other hotels when pushing for charging facilities.

David Murray

This is definitely good news. I wonder if non-guests will be able to make use of the chargers?

One of the things I’ve often wondered about Tesla drivers that make long distance trips is where do they charge when they get to their destination. I mean, it is great that there are superchargers along the way, but rarely are there any in the actual metro area that is the destination.

Also, I believe for a Tesla to be able to make use of 20 kW stations, they have to have the twin-charger setup. I’m not sure what percentage of owners opt for that feature. So many Tesla owners may be charging at 10 kW, but even that is still better than most EVs.

scottf200

The writing to me seem to indicate guests in this sentence were not hotel guest but visitors they referred to as “guests”. —
“Or, guests can charge their car for a few hours, while enjoying a drink or bite to eat in our popular lounges and restaurants while they wait.”

Mark

If staying overnight you would typically be there at least 8 or 9 hours which makes the single charger more than enough anyway.

George Bower

20 kw isn’t a very high powered charger.

scottf200

Taking into consideration that it will enable “up to 58 miles of range to the Model S in just one hour,” the units will certainly be 20 kW units. — Pretty great for the overnight stay even if you arrive late and leave early!

David Stone

That is indeed correct.

20kW is completely appropriate for hotel guests, as a hotel is a destination and not a transient point.

But they should not call them high power when they are not.

Spec

Clever strategy. It doesn’t cost much to install a 11KWH charger. And the people that can afford a $100K car are probably good customers.

ggpa

Very smart idea. The last thing you want to do after sleeping in a hotel, is to go an look for a charge point the next morning.

If you stay in a hotel then your EV must fill up overnight. And the standard 7kW L2 can do that for all cars, except Tesla.

SeattleTeslaGuy

You guys are correct – you don’t need a very high power charger. But, even without the discount, the HPWC is pretty inexpensive.

One could argue this isn’t at all about EVs but about marketing to a specific customer segment – Tesla owners. They are saying “Tesla’s are really really welcome here” which aligns their brand with a high quality brand. Smart marketing.

Matt

I’ve visited the Grand Geneva resort with my Plug-in Prius (just out of range of our Leaf without a long L2 stop). They have had a ChargePoint for many years (first one in WI!), but it is L1-only (they made those?!?). They just installed the Tesla HPWC’s, and left their ChargePoint as-is (well, actually they moved it further away…). I talked with the manager and they have no plans to upgrade to an L2 ChargePoint :-(. Very irritating that they are not offering modern charging for any other PH/EV’s. I know Leaf owners in the area that would take their Leafs there if they could get a charge in a reasonable amount of time. An 80A J1772 station would charge the Tesla at the same rate and also be able to plug into anyone else’s PH/EV. The staff there report many Volt owners and occasional Leaf owners… I was the first PiP they’d ever seen (or heard of!). Really no excuse for being Tesla-specific here… I’d been wondering if Tesla was just giving them the HPWC’s for free!