A new eco member for Peninsula Tokyo’s fleet


The Peninsula Tokyo has become the first hotel in Japan to add a customised all-electric vehicle with zero tailpipe emissions in Japan

From November 1, 2014, The Peninsula Tokyo will welcome the ninth addition to its customized car fleet, a Tesla Model S. Available to registered guests for hired chauffeured service, the full-size, all-electric luxury lift back has been finished to match the rest of the hotel's fleet. The Peninsula Tokyo is the first hotel in Japan to include a plug-in sedan in its fleet.

Engineered in Fremont, California, and introduced in 2012, the Tesla Model S is the world’s first premium all-electric sedan and the most aerodynamic vehicle in its class. It therefore fits perfectly with The Peninsula's CSR agenda, which hopes to achieve sustainability without forgoing luxury. With a low center of gravity, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a body structure crafted of lightweight aluminium reinforced with high-strength boron steel elements, the Telsa offers the responsiveness and agility expected of the world’s best sports cars while saving on carbon.

Equipped with an 85-kilowatt-hour battery with lithium-ion cells arranged for optimum energy density, thermal management and safety, the Peninsula model cruises at a top speed of 200 kilometres per hour and can zip to 100 kilometres an hour in just 5.6 seconds – nearly silently, and without a drop of gasoline. Without burning a single hydrocarbon, the Tesla powertrain delivers instant torque and a driving range of 502 kilometres – unprecedented for an electric vehicle. Regenerative braking technology recaptures energy when the car slows or heads downhill, and smart air suspension automatically adjusts stiffness for a smooth ride no matter the road surface or amount of cargo stored. As much a computer as it is a car, the Tesla Model S is wirelessly updated for the life of the vehicle.

A study conducted by the Automotive Science Group and based on a life-cycle assessment of environmental footprint hailed it as the best performer in the 2014 full-size cars category, determining that the environmental impact of its manufacture is more than offset by the car’s performance in operation. The vehicle has been named the 2013 World Green Car of the Year, 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year and one of Time magazine’s Best 25 Inventions of the Year 2012. It is also Consumer Reports’ top-scoring car in history.

Equipped with a mobile connector and an adaptor for Japan’s vast and growing network of fast-charging CHAdeMo public stations, the Tesla Model S can also recharge at The Peninsula Tokyo’s own on-property station. The cost per kilowatt-hour is estimated to be 90% less than the total fuel cost of a comparable gas-powered vehicle, and compared to internal combustion engines with their hundreds of moving parts, the Tesla motor has just the rotor, which means no oil changes, spark plugs, fuel filters or timing belts – and no smog checks. Tesla’s addition to The Peninsula Tokyo fleet dovetails with other initiatives at the hotel that are centered on environmental responsibility while maintaining the genuine comfort of the guest experience, from new systems for water conservation to the introduction of tailor-made LED lights to replace halogen lamps.

Compared to the JPY 13,000 and JPY 9,000 hourly charges for chauffeured service in a Rolls-Royce or BMW respectively, the hourly fee to hire the Tesla is just JPY 7,000. Providing the same luxury treatment at a lower cost and using less carbon, we hope that more luxury hotels will follow suit.

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