The makers of plug-in vehicles generally agree on the importance of charging infrastructure, and several have invested substantial sums in workplace charging. Daimler, the maker of the Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive and S 500 Plug-in Hybrid, as well as the smart electric drive, has already built 556 employee charging points. The company recently announced an additional investment of 30 million euros in charging facilities.
“In order to enable the convenience of using our electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, we have now decided to extend the charging infrastructure at our company locations even further,” said Board Member Ola Källenius. “This work will be undertaken over the next few months.”
Daimler employees are encouraged to set an example by driving electric. Both EVs and PHEVs are “available at attractive terms through the employee car scheme.” The company has also announced that “in the future managers will drive electrified company cars.”
Daimler’s head of E-Drive development, Harald Kröger, sounds like a convert: “I can only commend to my colleagues to experience themselves over a longer period the viability of our battery-electric vehicles in everyday use. I never cease to be amazed by their completely silent electric cruising ability and yet at the same time by the impressively sporty nature of the electric drive system, which immediately places its full torque at disposal [at] any engine speed.”