In 2016, Daimler is set to fuel its zero-emission driving endeavour with a further 30 million euros to improve the company’s charging infra across sites. The move benefits employees, who have access to a multitude of cars with alternative drive systems.
Ola Kallenius, a member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales and Marketing says the move reiterates Daimler’s commitment to a zero emission electric mobility future. Making electric mobility a way of life among its top management sets a clear example for future mobility.
The agreement caters to company’s senior levels of management with a focus on plug-in hybrids. The pilot project sees managers in Stuttgart driving the battery-electric-powered B 250 e since April 2015. Harald Kroger, responsible for E-Drive development at Daimler is particularly enamoured by the completely silent electric cruising ability of the vehicle.
With a large number of electric car drivers opting to charge their vehicle whenever they leave it for a longer period, Daimler is tapping into this convenience. Vehicles can be charged during work hours without the need to go scouring for a charging station. In the wider Stuttgart area, Daimler operates 556 charging points for managers and employees.
The convenience of using electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles is being further boosted through charging infrastructure at company locations. The immediate investment will entail work undertaken over the next few months.
Daimler AG is expanding the use of plug-in hybrid drive systems in working towards zero-emission driving. The range includes S 500 e in Saloon, C 350 e in Saloon, Estate and EWB variants, GLE 500 e 4MATIC, GLC 350 e 4MATIC and E 350 e Saloon.