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Providing free EV charging costs Best Western GB less than orange juice

Best Western Great Britain is leading the hospitality industry’s charge to accommodate more electric cars and says it costs less than the freshly squeezed orange juice served at breakfast to charge a guest’s car overnight. Thirty of its 250 sites now offer electric charging points for customers to use free of charge and interest has picked up from hotelliers in installing further points as a result of the government’s pledge to outlaw diesel and petrol cars by 2040.

Best Western managing director Les Asplen says: “As the largest group of independently owned and managed hotels in Great Britain we are very proud to be one of the first hotel groups to start rolling out this service to guests across the country.”

“It might be the case that not many people know that there are 30 Best Western sites with electric charging points when they are concerned about when and where to recharge their car. Whether they are staying as a guest or planning a route across the country and just want to pull in and have lunch while they recharge, Best Western hotels are happy to help them and we hope to be adding more sites soon.”

Hotels with electric charging points include the Best Western Plus Swan Hotel in the heart of Wells, which offers a 10% discount on published rates for guests who book direct and arrive at the hotel by electric car or public transport. Tesla, the electric car manufacturer, has held engineering conferences at the Best Western Plus Old Tollgate Hotel and Restaurant and has even trialled new cars from there.

Director Maggie Parsons says: “We have regular guests who come to the hotel because they want to use our electric charging points. We are very green minded here at Old Tollgate and we are determined to play our part.”

Best Western Plus Mosborough Hall sees frequent use of its charging point, while Best Western Aberavon Beach Hotel was the first hotel in South Wales to offer electric charging points to customers free of charge and has two points for customers to use. The company’s head office in York also has electric charging points.

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Source; Best Western Group