Hilton Partners with Tesla to Install 20,000 Chargers
Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.
In a groundbreaking development, Hilton has unveiled an extended partnership with Tesla, set to commence in early 2024.
This exciting collaboration will see the installation of up to 20,000 Tesla Universal Wall Connectors across 2,000 Hilton properties located in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
This ambitious initiative is poised to establish Hilton as the preeminent leader in the realm of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure within the hospitality industry, setting a new standard for environmentally conscious travel.
Each of the selected Hilton hotels will boast a minimum of six EV chargers, catering to the surging demand from the ever-expanding community of electric vehicle drivers.
This announcement coincides with Tesla's recent release of the Universal Wall Connector, a versatile charging solution designed to accommodate all North American vehicle models.
Tesla's commitment to democratising access to high-quality charging dovetails seamlessly with Hilton's dedication to enhancing the guest experience and promoting sustainable travel.
Matt Schuyler, Hilton's Chief Brand Officer, affirmed the brand's commitment to adapting to the evolving needs of guests. He stated, "At Hilton, we are committed to meeting the changing needs of our guests looking for hotel experiences that complement their daily routines while offering exceptional hospitality.
"Through this expanded agreement with Tesla, we are significantly changing the landscape of universal EV chargers in North America in an incredibly short amount of time. Across Hilton’s family of award-winning brands, this network of EV chargers will offer our guests even more value with the convenience of much-needed overnight charging access in more locations."
Hilton's extensive network of hotels strategically positioned along highways and in major urban hubs across North America uniquely positions the company to provide widespread access to EV charging infrastructure for long-distance travellers.
Rebecca Tinucci, Senior Director of Charging Infrastructure at Tesla, emphasised the importance of this collaboration in expanding affordable and accessible AC charging infrastructure for electric vehicles.
She said, "A key priority for Tesla Charging is installing low-cost, convenient AC charging anywhere electric vehicles are parked for more than an hour or two. To ensure electric vehicle adoption at scale, our joint industry goal must be to vastly improve upon the traditional gasoline vehicle ownership experience, not just meet it. Installing infrastructure at popular destinations, like Hilton hotels, enables EV owners to charge where they park, meaning no unnecessary refuelling stops along their journey. We applaud Hilton for their leadership in the space and look forward to continuing to ramp up this critical programme with other industry leaders."
As the number of electric vehicle enthusiasts continues to grow, travellers are increasingly seeking accommodations with EV charging capabilities. This trend is exemplified by the rapid ascent of Hilton.com's EV charging search attribute, which catapulted from the fourth to the second-highest spot in terms of conversions, affirming the growing demand for such amenities.
Beyond this remarkable initiative, Hilton remains steadfast in its commitment to making a positive impact on both people and the planet through its Travel with Purpose platform. This initiative aligns with the preferences of travellers who prioritise sustainability, offering them convenient options to reduce the environmental footprint of their journeys.
To explore and book a stay at one of Hilton's 1,850 global properties equipped with EV charging access, visit Hilton.com today.
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