Rezidor Hotel Group

Hotel stay includes power for electric car

The Rezidor Hotel Group, a member of the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group, is co-operating with its partner RWE to equip its hotel garages with charging stations for electric cars. In time for this year’s IMEX from May 22 to 24, the Radisson Blu Hotel and the Park Inn by Radisson inFrankfurtwere equipped with the first RWE eBoxes. In the trade fair city, guests can now handily recharge their electric car overnight during a stay at one of the two establishments.

By 2020, a million electric vehicles will be on the German market andGermanywill have developed into the leading market for electric mobility, such is the declared aim of the National Platform for Electromobility (NPE). “More than 20 years ago, Rezidor announced its “Responsible Business Programme”, so it only makes sense to get involved in the development of electrical mobility. We are proud to be able to offer our guests electricity charging stations from the end of May inFrankfurt”, Willem van der Zee announced. He has been Area Vice President Radisson Blu since January 2012 and is responsible for 25 hotels under management and lease, as well as 16 franchise operations inAustria,Bulgaria,Croatia, theCzechRepublic,Germany,Hungary,Romania,SlovakiaandSwitzerland.

Eight further charging stations will be opened in June of this year in the Radisson Blu hotels in Berlin, Köln, Düsseldorf, Karlsruhe, Hanoverund Hamburg. In January 2012, yet more stations will be introduced, taking the number of RWE charging boxes that the Rezidor Hotel Group will be operating in Germanyto 23.

What is more, hotel guests charge their vehicles with “green energy”, which means that the electricity is supplied from renewable energy. Willem van der Zee is also convinced that with this offer the Rezidor Hotel Group is the ideal partner for car manufacturers who want to present their electric vehicles in a hotel. The Radisson Blu Hotels inBerlin, Düsseldorf andKarlsruhe, in particular, have ideal infrastructures for presentations. If necessary, RWE can also provide mobile charging stations.