Tesla Offering Free Destination Chargers To Owners Of Vacation Rentals


VR Owner’s Guide posted a rather descriptive article on how owner of Vacation Rental can pursue a free Tesla destination charger. The article opens with this:

“As an owner of a vacation rental, you are probably wishing you could snap your fingers and suddenly tap into a lucrative new market of very desirable clients.”

Those “very desirable clients” are apparently wealthy Tesla owners. The article states:

“the [Tesla] owners are types who can afford a nice vacation in your home. But why are they going to choose YOUR vacation rental? Because you were smart enough to see this trend and give them the one thing they need on the road. A place to charge like they do in their own garage.”

Map Of Tesla Destination Chargers

Map Of Tesla Destination Chargers

Securing a free destination chargers is not as simple as placing a phone-in order. The process is multi-step and is described by VR Owner’s Guide below:

How to get a Tesla Destination Charger for Free:

Go Here to apply for a Destination Charger just scroll down to the “Contact Us” button at the bottom of the page. This page also describes how the program works.

Attract Tesla drivers to your property by joining the destination charging network. Qualified properties will receive their first two Tesla wall connectors free of charge as long as they are installed in visible or convenient locations. Contact us for more information.


You may have to pay for the installation of the charger. In some cases, Tesla will actually pay for the install. If not, this cost can vary greatly depending on your locations existing electrical set up. It could be less than a few hundred or more than a few thousand if you have to dig trenches, move panels etc. to put the charger in a convenient place. The first step is getting approved in the first place. Once you’ve done that, reach out and ask if they will cover the install.

Source: VR Owner’s Guide

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28 Comments on "Tesla Offering Free Destination Chargers To Owners Of Vacation Rentals"

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Ok, and what is a “Vacation Rental”, in english?

UK: self-catering holiday in a rented house.
USA: self-service vacation in a rented house.

Somebody needs to point out to Elon Musk that his company has a program that is needlessly creating barriers for broader EV adoption. At least when it’s at a commercial location, Tesla can offer the token gesture of a single 40A J1772 station alongside their needlessly exclusive HPWCs, but what are the chances that any of these vacation homes will have electrical capacity to be able to support an additional charging station for non-Tesla cars? I’m sure a lot of the folks that accept Tesla’s “generous” offer don’t even realize that non-Tesla EVs won’t be able to charge there.

The charger’s being offered for free, because it comes out of the marketing budget. When GM and Nissan cross market each other’s product, then you can moan and groan about exclusivity. Until then then, let them pay for their own charger.

Tesla offered many times to share his network with other car makers. By far the best most reliable, powerful network. But they declined. You are well aware of this situation but you continue to spread FUD about this at every occasion.

So it’s more reasonable to tell the makers of 25 different EVs to redesign their vehicles to adopt Tesla’s charge port than to tell Tesla to install a slightly different $500 EVSE that requires their customers to use an adaptor that they already get for free?

This is a separate discussion from the Supercharger network, regardless of whether Tesla was clever enough to figure out how to use the same pins for AC and DC charging.

You prefer a ChadeMo or a BRCC network that nobody care to expand or maintain?
When ICE car makers begin to REALLY compete in promoting BEVs, they will rapidly adopt a uniform standard and make fast charging available for all their cars. When this day come, if they are logical, they will all join Tesla’s SC and destination network.

I repeat: “This is a separate discussion from the Supercharger network” – rien avoir avec les BRCC!

“25 different EVs”
Of those, remove Tesla which is genuinely making efforts, remove the hybrids not needing the recharge, and there remain only TWO pure BEVs selling in nearly decent numbers to take care of. BMW and Nissan are NOT investing in the recharge infrastructures to support their customers. T’a pogne-tu?

sure, tesla “offered” to “share” with other automakers and they declined… but you didnt mention “sharing” means paying money as well! i thought the motto of tesla is to decrease pollution. why not share for free by adding an adapater??

You seem to forget that Tesla is still a dwarf beside the other automakers. They have the money, they could easily line the country with fast chargers. Tesla accomplish miracle for their customers. They offered to share the maintenance costs, not making them pay a premium.

“ou seem to forget that Tesla is still a dwarf beside the other automakers. T”

Not on market cap which is what a company is worth by Wall Street..

Not to mention that Tesla’s patent sharing requirement involves the clause that others won’t sue Tesla either…

Are there other BEV’s that people are driving for family trips out of town? Would you take a Leaf or even a Bolt on a family trip? Where would the luggage go? Do not even see any other car coming out that would be considered for a family trip.

Ford, GM, and others were instrumental in blocking a timely and properly forward looking electric vehicle charging standards in 2010/2011, therefore forcing Tesla to go forward on their own. They reap what they sow.

It is likely that in the next few years, the number of EV travelers looking to plug in at resort locations are > 50% Tesla’s. As it stands, even with the Bolt shipping, they cannot make it to many of these locations. Those PHEV’s that can, could be served with a 110v plug. It makes sense that many of these locations be HPWC, as they can easily be set up for 40-80A charging and are very inexpensive for their high amperage.

Hi everyone – note that these are AC level 2 charging stations. J1772 for AC charging was published and in use by multiple manufacturers long before Tesla opted to use a different connector on the Model S. There are now 25 EVs available in the US that use J1772 for AC charging – that’s a large slice of the market who would show up at a home like this and realize that owning an EV is more complicated than they thought. Also, if you think the infrastructure being deployed now should only support the products that are currently on the market, then you have a very pessimistic view of the EV market. It’s ridiculous to say that only Tesla’s can go on road trips. Many vacation homes are just a few hours out of the city, fast charging is everywhere now, several EVs are hitting the market this year and next with 150-200 miles of range, and hell, PHEVs can go anywhere and will displace a lot of gasoline on trips if they can charge at their temporary home base. My bet is that Elon Musk would rethink this program himself if someone pointed out to him how much of… Read more »

If you really believe Musk would rethink it, then tweet him and point it out. He is very active on Twitter.

From a marketing standpoint, why would Tesla give away a generic J1772 box instead of their branded box? Makes zero sense. The fact that other, long-range EVs are coming on market actually supports the Tesla strategy. Say in 3 – 5 years I want to buy a long-range EV. I look at Plugshare and see boatloads of charging stations Teslas can use, but far fewer stations any other brand can use. All else being equal this makes me view Tesla as superior. Tesla is still a for profit business so the current strategy makes perfect sense.

I guess my main point is that that kind of aggressive competitive advantage doesn’t mesh at all with Musk’s supposedly benevolent, “rising tide floats all boats” attitude toward support electrification of all transportation. But hey, he does have shareholders to respond to, so maybe you’re right, I’d just like to see how he would reconcile the two positions.

There’s a line to be drawn in giving stuff away as long as you are not running a non profit with unlimited funding.

Again, PHEVs can be plugged into a 110v outlet. As for other EVs, many will never be used for vacation travel. The first non-Tesla to be used in this way is likely the Audi SUV e-tron. The Bolt doesn’t really even have the range or the DC charging infrastructure for vacation trips. At leas the Audi likely won’t arrive until 2018 and will likely arrive with the newer CCS plug standard. Even then, it would be 2019 before any serious level of CCS 2 infrastructure is built and probably 2020 before it reaches Tesla’s current Supercharger infrastructure.

Until then, the likely visitor is a Tesla. So on Tesla’s dime, it makes sense to add a HPWC. Then, with additional demand, a J1772. Tesla often hands out two HPWC and one J1772 to bigger locations where there might be 3 EVs to charge.

You expressed concern that the vacation home might not have enough electricity to run 2 destination chargers plus the third clipper creek j1772 model. Well, assuming they bought the LCS-15 CC model (12 amp output) and used the demand-limiting feature of the 2 tesla chargers, each of which can be limited to 12 amps total, that would allow 1 non-tesla and 2 teslas to draw a grand total of 24 amps – 12 for the non-tesla vehicle and 12 for the 2 teslas combined. So one measly 30 amp feed would be the MINIMUM required for 3 cars. I’m not recommending they be set up this way, – in fact I’ve seen the new expensive dual chargepoints set up as a new installation to max out at 15 amps should more than one car be charging at one of their dual units, so that at 200 volts each car only gets 3 kw and thats it. In this particular NEW INSTALLATION, the owner basically got the install for free, but had to pay the electric himself. Therefore THAT installation was optimized to minimize the electric bill. My point is that lack of electricity shouldn’t discourage the destination charging program, since… Read more »

Another thing. On 200-208 volt circuits the currents don’t add to the electric service the way you might initially think.

Three 80 amp chargers all running full tilt don’t draw 240 amps, but 138 2/3 amps.

If I decide to rent out my home, I am ahead of TM because I have a 7.2 kW (ready for 16 kW) Level 2 EVSE and two 120 VAC, 15 A outlets (for Level 1 EVSE) available in my carport. I even have a “EV Charging Station” sign ready! So I can rent out to any EV owner, not just Mode S/X owners.

Good for you. Hopefully your vacation rental is located close enough to a city that can be reached by a non-Tesla EV.

So when I filled up my gasmobile today I noticed something strange (sarcasm intended) – the pump had TWO hoses and could dispense FOUR (three plus a mix) different products. I could have pumped diesel or any of three grades of gasoline while parked at the one pump. Why is it such a big deal to force everyone to have just one plug? The power strip supplying electrons to my computer right now is also simultaneously charging my (USB) Samsung phone and my wife’s (Lightning) iPhone. Is it really that much of a big deal to install a “multi-plug” (multi-protocol) charging station? Yes, a single hose (plug) would be convenient, but I seriously didn’t care that the gas pump had an incompatible diesel hose or buttons and underlying tanks of the more expensive premium gasoline. The per-use cost of the fancy multi-product dispensing technology was certainly passed on to me, but my $30 gas purchase included what – 2 cents for that added convenience? Yeah, ok, Whatever. Take my 2 cents and add a couple of plugs so I can charge whatever EV I may happen to need to juice up. While doing so I might stop in and buy… Read more »

Okay! But why Tesla have to do it? Why can’t you call up Nissan ask them this question?

This is smart marketing both for Tesla and for the Rental owners.. I was surprised to see two Tesla charges at the Snowbird Mountain Lodge in western NC when I visited there.

It’s an expensive place and every client who pulls into the parking lot sees those Tesla chargers and some might think ‘Huh, I didn’t know I could charge a Tesla out here in the boondocks … maybe I should get one of those after-all.’ And the Lodge gets it’s name on the list for all the hundreds of thousands of Tesla owners out there. Win/win for a low cost.

There is a very simple solution for the generic need. The location, if desired can just install a 240V outlet and a 120V outlet (weather protected) in series with the Tesla charging unit. This would only cost $100 or so and then any current EV could plug in with their supplied adapters. Yes, only one EV could charge at a time generally (or a max of two low power ones), but that isn’t a real issue.

Tesla’s charging unit in no way prohibits this. If Nissan or GM wants to market their units, they could supply a J1772 with their logo on it also Which could even be installed in parallel.

Quit complaining about a positive.

So much ignorance and sense of entitlement being shown here by owners of non-Tesla EVs. First, it is Tesla that is making this offer and footing the bill. Why should Tesla spend its own money to support the EVs of other manufacturers ON TESLA’S DIME? It seems you are lacking infrastructure for one reason and one reason alone: Your vehicle manufacturer doesn’t give a crap. You bought a car that can barely hit 80 miles on a charge from a manufacturer that has shown zero interest and financial commitment to building a charging infrastructure so you can actually use the vehicle they just sold to you. Tesla built a network and invited other manufacturers to use it if they adhered to certain principles and paid their fair share of the costs. Sounds reasonable to me. It’s Tesla’s network, after all. They spent tens of millions of dollars building it out, some here seem to be suggesting Tesla should just “give it away” because that’s in the spirit of the EV concept. If that’s true, why didn’t their vehicle manufacturer – BMW, Nissan, whoever – build out a network for them in the “spirit” of EV? Apple built iTunes and iOS,… Read more »