Paris based AccorHotels has announced that it will be installing charging points for electric vehicles at its Novotel and Ibis hotels in the UK. Accor is collaborating with Chargemaster on the installation of the power outlets and says the first 60 will be available for guests to use in the New Year.
The power points will allow owners and renters of electric and hybrid plug-in cars staying at Novotel or Ibis hotels to charge their cars for free. The chargers incorporate the latest high-speed technology and drivers will be able to replenish their vehicles’ batteries in one hour. They can charge both 7-kilowatt and 22-kilowatt batteries.
Managing-director for the UK and Ireland, Thomas Dubaere, noted that as one of the top hotelier groups in the UK, AccorHotels always tried to enhance the guest experience and be at the vanguard of any new innovations. He continued by saying that the company recognised that modern travellers were embracing low-emission vehicles.
Mr Dubaere added that to satisfy guests’ needs, Accor would be establishing charging points at its affiliated premises right across the UK. He finished off with the claim the firm would continue striving to be ahead of its game in offering guests what they wanted.
Chargemaster’s CEO, David Martell, stated that the introduction of electric vehicle charging points at AccorHotels was a huge advance in making the service more widely available. He explained that guests at hotels did not usually have access to their own chargers and therefore they were a logical addition to the establishments’ conveniences.