As electric cars are becoming more popular among eco-minded travelers, the issue of finding a place to “charge up” and continue on the journey faces more and more drivers. Unlike gas stations, charging stations have been tough to find, especially along the coast of Maine…until now. With help from the crew at Hedstrom Electric and Central Maine Power, the eco-minded innkeepers at the Berry Manor Inn now offer a solution to those looking for an EV charge. By joining forces with Tesla Motors, the first luxury electric car manufacturer, Berry Manor Inn has become the first Tesla/Universal electric car charging station in Rockland, and is offering a charge to guests of Granite Inn and LimeRock Inn too for a nominal fee. As the first certified environmental leader recognized by the state of Maine and a member of Historic Inns of Rockland, the first association to make it on to the list of the 10 Most Eco-Friendly B&Bs, Berry Manor Inn has offered not only their own guests, but guests of the other Historic Inns of Rockland the opportunity to “charge up” at the inn.
Tesla Motors created its signature Destination Charging Program last year in an effort to eradicate the long-held perception that electric vehicles are only adequate for short, urban commutes, This brilliant win: win campaign partners the forward-thinking car company with hotels, inns and other popular tourism destinations where charging stations have been installed compliments of Tesla Motors to service guests. Partnering with Select Registry, an association of quality-tested inns across the US, Tesla is in the process of expanding their Destination Charging Program with more than 170 inns that have signed on and installed charging stations to create a network for those who wish to enjoy inn-to-inn journeys. A complete charge takes just a few hours and gives approximately 265 miles of range.
With this kind of range, guests of all three Historic Inns of Rockland will have plenty of “juice” to visit not only Rockland, but Kennebunkport and Bar Harbor, other destinations where Inns Along the Coast members are found.
For more information on Berry Manor Inn and Rockland’s first charging station, contact Cheryl Michaelsen at 207-596-7696 or [email protected]. To learn more about the “eco-efforts” of the Historic Inns of Rockland, click here.