WILMINGTON — Properties in the Deerfield Valley joined others around the world when Tesla electric charging stations launched there last week.
"A few of our members who are Tesla (electric car) owners thought, 'Boy, wouldn't this be great?'" said Meredith Morin, communications director at the Hermitage Club.
Fourteen stations are now located at the Hermitage Club-owned properties such as the Club House and base lodge on its private ski resort at Haystack Mountain, Brook Bound Inn, Deerfield Valley Airport, Hermitage Golf Club, The Vermont House, The Snow Goose Inn, The Inn at Sawmill Farm, The Hermitage Inn and the White House Inn.
Each charger was tested and comes up on Tesla's grid, said Morin. But they can also be used by other electric vehicle owners free of charge.
Tesla Motors is based out of California. The company designs and manufactures electric vehicles and renewable energy storage. Over 90,000 of the company's electric vehicles are being used worldwide, according to a press release.
Alexis Georgeson, who handles communications for Tesla, said a critical component behind the adoption of electric vehicles is to create "a seamless and convenient" charging experience.
"The Destination Charging program replicates the convenience Model S owners are accustomed to at home by providing hotels, restaurants and resorts with the same connectors our owners often choose to install in their garages as a faster charging option," she said. "These 'High Power Wall Connectors' add nearly 60 miles of range per hour, easily charging Model S's 270 mile range in a few hours."
This charging system, Georgeson said, is becoming increasingly desirable for hotels and resorts worldwide. While businesses pick up the electricity bill, the stations attract Tesla owners to their property.
A destination charging map can be found at teslamotors.com. Georgeson said each gray dot on the map represents one property, which generally has multiple connectors.
"We're always happy to help destinations through the installation process," she said.
This announcement follows news that the Hermitage Club has entered into a solar deal. Up to 90 percent of the company's ski resort operations are expected to be powered through several solar farms.
"I think this is the way of the future," Morin said of the charging stations. "Sustainability and kindness to the environment are things high on the demands list here."
Morin said Hermitage Club president and founder Jim Barnes is on the forefront of listening and thinking about what can be done next in terms of environmental sustainability but that it's also a company-wide passion.