QUEBEC, Nov. 25, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Group Germain Hotels is proud to announce today that all electric vehicle (EV) enthusiasts will literally be able to recharge their batteries while getting a great night's sleep at its Le Germain and Alt Hotels across the country. The independent Canadian hoteliers are the first to roll-out the new Tesla Destination Charging program thereby providing its guests access to a private network of over 20 EV charging stations capable of delivering a full charge in 4 to 8 hours at its many hotels.
"Sustainability and innovation have always been top of mind for us at Group Germain Hotels. Not only do we always incorporate eco-friendly features into the design of our properties but we also support and encourage like-minded guests and organizations. Tesla is an industry leader in both fields making this partnership a natural extension of our guest experience", says Jean-Yves Germain, co-president of Group Germain Hotels. "Our EV-driving guests can now have peace of mind knowing that they can get a full charge overnight or while attending on-site meetings. As a Tesla driver myself, I am thrilled to be able to recharge at almost every one of our hotels and I look forward to one day taking an emission-free road trip from coast to coast."
Universal and Tesla charging stations ranging from 60 to 100 amps are currently available at Le Germain and Alt Hotels in Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto. The Alt Hotel in Halifax currently has a universal charging station that is connected to the VERnetwork. Additional stations will be deployed in Calgary the new year.
"Tesla Motors is pleased to partner with Group Germain Hotels and provide accessible charging for patrons traveling with Model S and other electric vehicles. Their commitment to sustainability is a quality that resonates with our customers, and we're excited they will have extra charging options as they explore eastern Canada," says Tesla spokesperson, Will Nicholas.
About destination charging program
In addition to its Supercharger Network, Telsa Motors is helping businesses including hotels, shopping centers, and office parks install wall connectors to make charging while shopping or sleeping even easier. Tesla's wall connectors can charge Model S in as quickly as four hours – perfect for topping off when on the road.
Tesla changed the auto industry in 2008 with the launch of the Tesla Roadster, the world's first highway-capable electric vehicle. Tesla is furthering its mission to drive down the cost of electric vehicles with Model S, the first mass-produced electric premium sedan. This platform enables efficiency, safety and design not possible in an architecture conceived around a combustion engine. The Model S competes with the top cars in its class in spaciousness, handling and style, yet produces zero emissions.
Tesla is reinventing the car-buying experience. By owning its stores, Tesla is able to provide unparalleled customer service, well beyond the point of sale. The Tesla store is designed to invite everyone – from toddlers to great-grandparents – inside to experience Tesla. You'll never find a sign that says "Do Not Touch." Each new store we open is staffed with savvy Product Specialists available to answer your questions about EVs, what it's like to own a Tesla, and how to charge. Model S orders and Model X reservations can be completed in-store or from your computer, smart phone, or iPad. Tesla places stores in high-traffic areas and encourages the public to come in, check out the cars, and explore Tesla's interactive digital displays.
About Group Germain Hotels
As a company celebrating more than 26 years in business, sustainability is at the heart of all of our activities. From the eco-responsible building practices we follow to the charitable donations we make, from the financial health of our organisation to the training programs we have developed for our team, each decision we make is guided by the knowledge that we are contributing to the sustainable growth of our communities. We follow best practices in governance and are proud of our ranking as one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies since 2002.
Group Germain Hotels is a family-run business from Québec City that owns and operates Le Germain Hotels and no-frills-chic Alt Hotels across the country. The company is renowned for its impeccable warmth and the style that characterizes its hotels. Every year, the 700 member team welcomes guests for 325 000 overnight stays, bringing the total number of stays to nearly 2.6 million since the opening of the first hotel in 1988. For more information, visit www.groupegermain.com.
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Renseignements: For more information or to schedule a photo-op or test-drive, please contact: Steven Ross, Group Germain Hotels, 514 954-4414 ext. 227, firstname.lastname@example.org; Will Nicholas, Tesla Motors, 610 597-4587, email@example.com