Owners of Tesla automobiles and other electric vehicles (EVs) traveling through Oregon’s Central Coast can now charge their cars in Florence’s Old Town district.
Thanks to a unique partnership with Tesla, The Old Town Inn has just powered up electric car charging stations, making The Old Town Inn among the only publicly-available charging locations on Highway 101. There are four charging stations—one general Level 2 EV charger and three Tesla Stage 2 chargers. The same is available at our other lodging, The River House Inn at 1202 Bay Street, along the Siuslaw River in Historic Old Town Florence, just about a block off the highway.
Though the charging stations are primarily for the hotels’ guests, they are available for a small charge to the rest of the EV motoring public. A charge lasting up to eight hours per vehicle costs around five dollars. Tesla and other EV drivers have apps like PlugShare and websites like plugshare.com that tell them where they can plug in and how long of a wait they might have.
The new charging station locations join several Tesla “Stage 2” charging stations on the Coast. Others can be found in Port Orford (1), Bandon (2), Coos Bay (1), Yachats (1), Waldport (2), Depoe Bay (1), Lincoln City (1), Tillamook (2), Cannon Beach (4). Rapid Tesla Supercharger stations are located in Bandon and Lincoln City, but more are planned for Oregon’s Coast.
Our new charging stations make it even easier for Tesla owners, and owners of other kinds of EVs, to make the exciting and scenic 363-mile drive on Highway 101 from California to Washington, and still have plenty of juice to get back over to I-5 if you choose. Until now, many EV drivers had to miss out on the Oregon Coast experience…especially this section we call Oregon’s Coastal Playground.
Hoagland Properties collaborated with Tesla and Travel Oregon to invest $21,000 in the project. Tesla paid for a local electrician to install their chargers at a rate of nearly $8,000 per property. Travel Oregon, the state’s primary tourism marketing agency, and ForthMobility—an organization whose mission is to advance electric, smart, and shared transportation in the Pacific Northwest—invested $2,500 per property. Both will add The Old Town Inn and The River House Inn to maps used by EV drivers and boost tourism to the Central Oregon Coast.
The River House Inn and The Old Town Inn are top-rated in Florence on TripAdvisor, and have been repeatedly awarded by TripAdvisor, Oregon Business Magazine, and The Florence Area Chamber of Commerce for outstanding customer service.
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