Vacations & Travel - - Tried & Tested - By Carla Gros­setti

IHG Ho­tels has thrown its weight be­hind Tesla, the Amer­i­can elec­tric car man­u­fac­turer, and in­stalled Tesla Des­ti­na­tion Charg­ers that al­low for road trips be­tween all 10 of its Aus­tralian prop­er­ties, lo­cated be­tween Alice Springs and Ade­laide. We put the 2017 Tesla Model X through its paces while con­nect­ing the dots be­tween IHG Ho­tel’s new charg­ing sta­tions in NSW at Crowne Plaza Coogee Beach, Crowne Plaza Hawkes­bury Val­ley, Kirk­ton Park Hunter Val­ley, and Crowne Plaza Ter­ri­gal. The Des­ti­na­tion Charg­ers each de­liver enough power for up to 80 km of travel dur­ing our 450 km round-trip, which gives us con­fi­dence in the Tesla Model X’s 100 kWh bat­tery, which de­liv­ers an es­ti­mated driv­ing dis­tance of 565 km. Get­ting be­hind the wheel of the sleek and spir­ited Tesla Model X is en­er­gis­ing in it­self, es­pe­cially when you flick the mode from Chill to Lu­di­crous on the 43 cm touch screen in or­der to speed silently past lines of fraz­zled gas guz­zlers on the high­way. While the Tesla drinks its juice, we recharge on our road trip with treats such as a vinother­apy treat­ment at the Ubika Spa in the Hunter Val­ley, lunch at Har­vest at Kirk­ton Park fol­lowed by din­ner in the Lord Ash­ley Lounge at the Crowne Plaza Ter­ri­gal. By rolling out Des­ti­na­tion Charg­ers across the coun­try, IHG has not only put Crowne Plaza Ho­tels on the map for own­ers of the elec­tric ve­hi­cles; it’s also ef­fec­tively po­si­tioned it­self as a pro­gres­sive brand that is do­ing its bit to ad­dress global warm­ing. And as for busi­ness trav­ellers who com­mute across the coun­try, it’s made pulling away from the hum of the high­way to recharge at a Crowne Plaza an even more at­trac­tive propo­si­tion. tesla.com; crowne­plaza.com

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