Tesla, Airbnb Team Up To Create The “Ultimate Road Trip,” Provide Chargers For Rental Hosts’ Homes

Tesla and Airbnb have teamed up to provide electric car chargers for use by renters.

Tesla and Airbnb have teamed up to provide electric car chargers for use by renters.

What do electric cars and rental properties have in common? Not much, unless of course you live in California, drive a Tesla, and rent your abode on Airbnb, as the two companies recently announced a partnership to provide free charging stations to select hosts’ homes along the left coast.

Airbnb and Tesla launched their new partnership on Thursday, saying they would provide electric car charging stations to 30 Airbnb properties in Los Angeles, Palm Springs, Healdsburg, and other areas of California in an effort to give travelers more freedom on their road trips.

“Together, we’re building a world with no limits to how far you can travel and how you get there,” Airbnb said in a statement. “From remote deserts to lush forests, we’re unlocking highways, backroads, adventures and unique homes.”

The campaign, which will eventually expand globally, allows existing Airbnb hosts who list their entire home for rent, have had more than five bookings, and have an average rating of 4 or more stars to apply to receive a free Tesla charging station.

While the $750 cost of the charging station is covered by the companies, the host is responsible for paying for installation.

Tesla says it will select the properties to receive a charging station from a curated set of applicants.

Renters staying in a Tesla charger-equipped home should expect to pay about $10 for a night’s charge, the company estimates.

In announcing the partnership, Airbnb gave a sneak peek into what a road trip between the two companies would entail.

The companies enlisted the help of Lia and Garry, who embarked on a road trip through California using a Tesla vehicle and staying in Airbnb rentals.

“It’s been a lovely, lovely trip,” Garry said of the trip. “And we’ve seen some fabulous places and met some really fine hosts. Really nice people. It’s been a great way to really experience California.”

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