Tesla Model S HPWC Destination Chargers Popping Up Across U.S.


Tesla HPWC

Tesla HPWC

Ending out 2014, there are now approximately 500 public HPWC chargers across the U.S. marked as “destination” chargers for Tesla Model S owners.

This builds upon Tesla’s growing Supercharger network.

These HPWC units, most of which are located at hotels and high traffic places of interest, provide a Model S with up to an additional 58 miles of range in just one hour.

A previous announcement on these HPWC destination chargers stated:

-Marcus® Hotels & Resorts, a division of The Marcus Corporation, is excited to announce the installation of Tesla High Power Charging Stations at the majority of its owned and managed properties across the United States. The Tesla charging stations will provide a convenient and fast charging solution for Tesla Model S owners staying at a Marcus Hotels & Resorts property during the busy summer travel season.

“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.”

“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,” said Brian Burton, vice president, revenue generation for Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

“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,” added Burton.


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28 responses to "Tesla Model S HPWC Destination Chargers Popping Up Across U.S."
  1. Eric: Here is a Map of the ~500 HPWC made in a december from Plugshare data. Your welcome to use in the article.

    1. Our company is developing an adaptor to allow any J1772 / Type 1 equipped car to use the Tesla AC charge stations in North America and Japan.

      Available 3Q-2015.

  2. Mark B. Spiegel says:

    “These HPWC units… provide a Model S with up to an additional 58 miles of range in just one hour.<<

    Wow, 58 miles of range in just one hour! What year is this again?

    1. koz says:

      It’s 2015, Wile E. These are deeestination chargers genius.

    2. John Hansen says:

      Regular public chargers provide about 20 miles of charge in an hour. I’d call 3x more than that pretty good.

    3. Tech01x says:

      Mr. Spiegel,

      These HPWCs are often used for destination charging, especially for hotel guests. The costs for installation are quite low compared to other ~20 kW charging solutions.

      Obviously, some people may be compelled to use them for supporting long distance travel, but that isn’t their primary purpose.

    4. Chris O says:

      What’s your IQ again? Read the article genius.

  3. maddog1762 says:

    that map is totally inaccurate. if you don’t know where they are they are useless.

    1. Just select location from “Tesla’s Partner List” to get address details.

  4. maddog1762 says:

    tesla should provide an accurate map, now that might be helpful

  5. Stephen says:

    Is Tesla coordinating this or are hotels etc going after the obviously wealthy Tesla owners?

    1. Mikael says:

      Most likely a combination. Tesla obviously have cities and areas they would like to have chargers.
      Combining that with companies who might want to pick up part of the bill and get some Tesla owners choosing their facilities will do the trick.

    2. GSP says:

      Tesla provides two 80 Amp capable HPWCs and one 30 Amp J1772 EVSE gratis to interested properties that will pay for installation, maintence, and electricity.


      1. Stephen says:

        Very smart of them. Way smarter than Nissan has been. Nissan should have forged a partnership the national chains that you usually find along highways.

        1. ThomasF says:

          Not to be snarky, but why? The number of road trips undertaken by Leaf owners is likely to be vanishingly small no matter the availability of chargers.

          The car is designed as a city car, and it makes much more sense to focus on building out urban charging infrastructure.

  6. mustang_sallad says:

    Great, except that these are needlessly only compatible with Tesla’s cars. I’m fully behind them forging ahead with their supercharging network – supercharge stations are leagues ahead of any other DC charging solutions. But there are Level 2 EVSEs that can supply just as much power as a HPWC (Eaton, ClipperCreek both offer stations that are 70A and up) and that can be used by any other PEV currently on the market, whether or not they can pull the full 18kW yet. This play doesn’t really jive with Tesla’s philosophy of opening up their patents and making sure they aren’t closing any doors on the EV market.

    1. Dave R says:

      Yep, makes a lot more sense to install standard J1772 stations to me, too.

    2. Tech01x says:

      I understand the sentiment. However, Tesla is often paying for the HPWC and the site is paying for the installation and electricity. Other car manufacturers can do the same thing if they feel like it.

      The Tesla HPWC is also $750 while the Clipper Creek CS-100, a very good J1772 EVSE is $2195.

      1. mustang_sallad says:

        Even if Tesla is paying for the HPWC, they’re using up limited electrical capacity of buildings and the goodwill of site hosts to support EVs and dedicate their efforts and parking spaces to them. You’re right, other automakers can and should have similar programs, but the fact is that if any of them do, every EV driver will benefit, not just the members of one exclusive club. Like i said, this doesn’t mesh with what Elon Musk says about encouraging EV adoption on the whole – they won’t survive if they’re the only EV manufacturer out there.

  7. Omar Sultan says:

    The easiest way to find destination chargers is look in PlugShare (filter on Tesla HPWC) or go to http://www.teslamotors.com/findus and select “Charging” – the large charging icons are SuperChargers and the small icons are HPWCs.

    IIRC, Tesla donates the HPWC to destinations (hotels, restaurants, venues, etc) if they agree to cover the operating costs. There is an e-mail address where owners can send in suggestions for locations.

  8. Anon says:

    The Tesla EV connector may yet end up replacing the US L2 Charger…

    1. John Hansen says:

      I hope so, and I have a Volt.

    2. mustang_sallad says:

      And yet in Europe, Tesla adopted the standard type 2 connector.

      1. Anon says:

        Using a native European connector makes logical sense, given the differences between their grid configurations and ours.

      2. finecadmin says:

        The Tesla connector violates code in some countries. Enough, apparently, that having one continent-wide design beats lobbying a few countries.

  9. Maddog1762 says:

    Tesla website does not focus on 80 amp HPWC. Most are 40 or less. That’s a huge difference. That’s the difference before having lunch and spending the night. Huge.

    1. Omar Sultan says:

      Not sure what you are comparing here…?