Tesla’s recently introduced Universal Wall Connectors, designed to charge NACS or SAE J1772-compatible electric vehicles, will soon be installed at Hilton hotels across North America.
Hilton says that through an expanded agreement with Tesla, it intends to install up to 20,000 Tesla Universal Wall Connectors at 2,000 selected hotels in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The process will start in early 2024.
The average number of charging stalls will be around 10, although it might vary between sites. The minimum number will be six charging stalls at a single site.
With Tesla Universal Wall Connectors coming to Hilton hotels across North America, Hilton expects to have the largest charging network of any hospitality company.
Tesla Universal Wall Connectors can handle vehicles that use either the NACS or SAE J1772 plug, allowing them to avoid compatibility issues at the hotels.
Hilton says that the strengthened charging network, combined with a vast geographic footprint of hotels alongside roadways and in key urban destinations across North America, should become the first choice for the dramatically increasing number of travelers who drive electric vehicles. These Hilton NASC and SAE J1772-compatible charging stations will give the company an edge over its competitors.
Visitors will be able to recharge their vehicles at up to 11.5 kW (48 amp output) overnight or, in many cases, within several hours.
Matt Schuyler, the chief brand officer of Hilton, said:
“At Hilton, we are committed to meeting the changing needs of our guests who are 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.”
Rebecca Tinucci, the senior director of charging infrastructure at Tesla, 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 refueling stops along their journey. We applaud Hilton for their leadership in the space and look forward to continuing to ramp this critical program with other industry leaders.”
Many EV drivers might also be interested in this solution for charging Tesla and non-Tesla electric vehicles (or avoiding a home charging station upgrade) when switching from a J1772-compatible EV to a NACS-compatible EV, as the EV industry is switching to the Tesla-developed charging connector.
The updated Tesla Universal Wall Connector, currently offered for $595, will soon be tested and comprehensively reviewed on EVChargingStations.com. Tom’s previous review can be found in the following video: