The Garrison Hotel in Dover joined forces with Tesla, Inc. to install three new electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in front of the hotel in Dover’s new Silver Square development. Part of Tesla’s destination charging program, which partially funds installations at hotels and restaurants in strategic locations, the three new EV charging stations include two Tesla chargers and one universal EV charger for non-Tesla electric vehicles. Use of the chargers is free to hotel guests and available to the public by registering with the front desk.
So-called “range anxiety,” the fear of being stranded without enough battery power, is seen as a primary barrier to widespread electric vehicle adoption. Electric vehicle makers and clean energy proponents are increasingly taking aim at expanding the charging network.
“We are seeing a growing number of our hotel guests driving electric vehicles, so we’re happy we can provide a convenience to our customers," says Mark Bouzianis, co-owner of The Garrison Hotel. "It's also an opportunity for us to play a small part in growing the region’s EV charging infrastructure.”
Located just off exit 8E on the Spaulding Turnpike/Route 16, which connects Portsmouth/Interstate 95 to the Lakes and Mountains regions, Bouzianis says the site is an opportunity to make progress in EV accessibility across the state.
Earlier this year, the city of Dover also added four charging stations at the Orchard Street Parking Garage funded by a Tesla grant. According to Tesla’s website, plans for a supercharger in Rochester are also under way for later this year.
The Garrison Hotel is owned and operated by Port Hospitality Group, which offers on-site Tesla/EV charging stations at its two other properties as well.