Chargemaster has partnered with the owner of the Ibis and Novotel hotel chains, AccorHotels, to offer EV charging points at locations across the UK.
The first phase of the roll-out begine early in 2016 with 60 hotels having Chargemaster Polar points installed. For those staying at the hotels, these points will be free to use for visitors charging their electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
Points will either be 22 or 7kW points, with a full charge possible in one hour, depending on the model and charging point available. It is expected that most guests will charge overnight during their stay though.
Chargemaster CEO David Martell said: “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.
“We expect hotels to adopt electric vehicle charging as a customer service in the same way that they have provided wifi across the board.”
Thomas Dubaere, Managing Director of AccorHotels UK and Ireland said: “As a leading operator 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.”