AccorHotels has signed a new agreement with Chargemaster to roll out electric car charging points at ibis and Novotel properties across the UK.
Commencing from the start of 2016, the first phase will see 60 hotels installed with EV charging points, enabling guests to charge their electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles for free.
The charging points will be 22kW or 7kW “fast chargers”, charging cars in just 60 minutes.
“This is a major step forward in the provision of destination charging in the UK. Hotels are one of the obvious locations where EV drivers have a fundamental need for charging facilities and we are delighted to work with
AccorHotels to achieve this,” said Chargemaster’s CEO David Martell. “We expect hotels to adopt electric vehicle charging as a customer service in the same way that they have provided Wi-Fi across the board.”
Thomas Dubaere, managing director of AccorHotels UK & Ireland, commented; “As a leading operators of hotels across the UK, we are always looking at ways to enhance and improve facilities for our guests.
“We recognise that many of our customers are adopting low-emission vehicles and we need to provide charging points at our hotels to accommodate them. In providing a national rollout of this service, AccorHotels continues to lead the field in customer service and our commitment to sustainable development.”
Electric and plug-in hybrid car sales in the UK have quadrupled over the last 18 months, and it is widely forecast that one in 10 new cars by 2020 will be electric or plug-in.