Tesla Partners With Luxe For Park-And-Charge Service

In participating cities, Luxe will pick up your Tesla, charge it for you and bring it back on command.

(AP Photo)
(AP Photo)

Tesla continues to add easy parking options. First, they debuted a self-parking function earlier this month, and now they’ve partnered with app-based valet service Luxe to make your car’s parked time more productive.

All you need to do is let Luxe know where you’re going to be, and one of their valets will meet you there and take your car to one of their lots. Ordinarily, Luxe also offers to wash and fuel-up the vehicles. Through the new Tesla partnership, they’ll charge it up, too.

(AP Photo)(AP Photo)

As of now, Luxe is only available in a handful of cities — San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, Austin and New York — and the Tesla partnership exists in only two, San Francisco and New York. But, with enough interest, the program could expand to more cities.

The service could give Tesla owners that don’t have a home charging station an easy way to keep their cars consistently charged, especially given the relatively low number of charging stations across the country.

(Source: U.S. Department of Energy)(Source: U.S. Department of Energy)

California leads the electric vehicle front by a long shot, with about 2,500 charging stations — public and private — whereas its closest competitor, Texas, has less than 800. New York City has less than 600 charging stations, many of which aren’t for public use, which makes the process of tracking one down that much more time consuming.

Although Tesla does have its own network of charging stations, adapters allow the cars to use standard chargers.  

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