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Tesla and Airbnb partner to install chargers at prime rental locations

Tesla Motors has already invested millions of dollars in its attempt to build electric car charging stations around the world, and the company's latest move is to partner with home-sharing startup Airbnb to install chargers for Model S cars in select rental locations.

Earlier this year, Musk announced new features like Range Assurance and a Trip Planner, to ensure that Tesla owners would never stray too far from a charger, and this latest initiative seems to be another way to alleviate drivers’ "range anxiety."

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But not every Airbnb host will be able to get a charger installed. To be eligible, Airbnb hosts must list an entire home, have had more than five bookings, and have an average rating of 4+ stars. Tesla will then select a minimum of 100 properties from the pool of applicants. And while eligible hosts will receive the $750 charger for free, they will still have to pay for the installation themselves — a service that can cost up to $900.

While charger installation costs are pretty steep, Tesla seems to be hoping that placing a charger at an Airbnb location will bring in enough extra rental traffic to make up for it — especially considering that Tesla owners will be expected to pay about $10 for a night’s charge.

Initially, the partnership will focus on Airbnb rentals in California, but the companies hope to expand the program globally; according to a map on the website, only 12 Airbnb rental homes are equipped with chargers so far.