Tesla Motors is providing free car charging stations to select Airbnb homes on the West Coast in an attempt to launch a network of personal accommodation locations equipped for electric car users. There are already 12 Tesla-ready homes on the list, Engadget reports, but the motor company intends to install their equipment at over 100 Airbnb homes throughout the region through an application process on their website.
Tesla and Airbnb are both hailed for their innovative approaches to commercial problem-solving. Electric cars are much better on the environment, and home-sharing is an innovative way to travel on a budget while simultaneously meeting new people and supporting homeowners economically.
According to Venture Beat, Tesla proudly claimed on their website, “Together, we’re building a world with no limits to how far you can travel and how you get there. From remote deserts to lush forests, we’re unlocking highways, backroads, adventures and unique homes.”
Together, we’re building a world with no limits to how far you can travel and how you get there. From remote deserts to lush forests, we’re unlocking highways, backroads, adventures and unique homes.
The only costs incurred by homeowners will be installation fees, which can range between $200 and $900 depending on a home’s design. Homes must have a high rating from their past guests.
Tesla is currently the youngest and smallest publicly-held automaker in the nation. Based in California, its home region may be a suitable place to test out a long-term partnership with Airbnb, especially since California is notably more open to innovative technological advances compared to other parts of the country. Bloomberg reported that their Model S cars can go more than 200 miles before running out of power, so this may necessitate a well-coordinated map of Airbnb homes for those who do extensive traveling with the Airbnb network.
Tesla’s investments of millions of dollars into their superchargers has spurred a web of over 500 fast-charging stations, Fortune reported. Still, less than one-percent of vehicles owned in the U.S. run on electricity. Both companies seem to have intentions of expanding this project beyond the West Coast to their national and global networks.