Installing a Destination Charger at a Hotel or Motel
Picking what sort of charger to use can be difficult as there is so much information out there on what sort will be suitable for your hotel or motel. We will go over some options for different destination chargers
Firstly why install a EV charger at a hotel or motel? Simple, people with EV’s will actively look out for places to stay where they can charge overnight. This could be the difference of someone choosing to stay with you vs staying down the road at that other motel, yeah you know the one I am talking about. You can add your charger to the Plugshare site as well as your website so people can find it (free advertising).
Choosing to charge people is up to you. An estimate of the cost to charge an EV overnight is around $3 per 100km. Something like a Nissan leaf has a 150km range so it would be around $4.5 from empty. A vehicle with a larger battery like a Tesla model 3 has a 500km range so this could be up to $15 but keep in mind they are unlikely to arrive at your hotel/motel fully empty so could only require a 200km top up. On average you should allow around $8 per vehicle for overnight charging.
There are a few considerations to look at before choosing the model that will work for you. Some things that you need to consider that we will go in to more detail about are:
- How many chargers do you want to install
- Where they will be installed to avoid trip hazards
- Will they be public or private
- How close to the switch board they can be installed