S.F. Chronicle. Hyatt is installing recharging stations for the Tesla electric roadster in three hotels: San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf, Sacramento, and Incline Village on Lake Tahoe’s North Shore.
A Tesla owner now can drive from San Francisco to Lake Tahoe without fear of running out of power.
Granted, installing chargers at three hotels may not seem like much of a business alliance. But the agreement between Tesla, one of Silicon Valley’s growing crop of green tech startups, and Hyatt, a global corporation with 753 hotels, shows just how much has changed in the way the world looks at electric cars. Namely, they’re now considered sexy.
Hyatt chose to work with Tesla because the roadster will probably attract the same customers that the hotel chain wants—affluent people who don’t mind spending money for high-end anything.
Although the Tesla can recharge from a standard wall socket, its takes almost twice as long as using the recharging stations designed by the company.
The method of recharging electric cars is a bigger issue than it may appear. During the era of the EV1, automakers battled over two different, incompatible recharging technologies.
...Tesla received a grant from the California Air Resources Board to design a recharging station that could be used by multiple makers of electric cars. Tesla is still devising ways to weatherproof the station, but the basic model uses what looks like a beefed-up extension cord with a circular plug. It attaches to the car on the rear post of the driver’s side. Tesla hopes to persuade other automakers to use the same system.
(A hat-tip to Lad!)