Best Western will have 50 locations in the UK with Charging Stations by the end of May 2013. The Charging Stations allow eco-friendly electric car owners to charge up their car’s battery by plugging into the latest, future-proofed power.
Working alongside Zero Carbon World (ZCW), the no-nonsense charity committed to reducing the UK’s carbon footprint, bosses at Best Western have pledged that its green campaign will roll out to include half of its 270 hotels by September this year.
Charles Roberts, spokesman for Zero Carbon World, said: “Best Western’s initiative is a massive thumbs up for electric cars.
“With over 50 locations Best Western is the hotel group with the most EV charging stations in its portfolio anywhere in the world. No other hotel brand has such an extensive network or is investing in EV to the same extent as Best Western.”
This will increase ZCW’s network of charging stations, ZeroNet, by 35% nationally.
Best Western recognises that there is now a real and increasing widespread demand for electrified transport and the associated means to power the new cars. With this partnership they are placing themselves firmly in the lead with embracing this change.
Guests of the hotels and restaurants will be able to simply drive their electric car into most Best Western hotel car parks and plug it in to charge the battery at no cost. Some hotels will levy a small PAYG fee to cover the cost of electriicty and administration.
Best Western’s chairwoman Angela Burns, a longstanding electric car driver, said: “There are currently some 10,000 electric car users on UK roads but that really is the tip of the iceberg – there will, according to the latest Department of Transport figures, be 1.2 million eCars on UK roads by 2020.
“Those cars will each require a charging station – which means there will need to be 1.2M charging stations by 2020 of which 10% must be publicly accessible, like our charging stations.
“Make no mistake, what we are seeing now is very much the first wave of a movement which is set to become huge over the next decade. As a company that is forward thinking it is only right that Best Western is at the vanguard of this advance towards greener transport.
“We will have charging stations available to use at 50 of our hotels as of the end of May and we plan to roll the scheme out quickly across the entire group – the first hotel company in the world to offer this.”
Best Western was the first UK hotel group to offer free guest internet across the entire portfolio and campaigned for it to be offered by all other hotel groups. At the time, the move was questioned by industry insiders, in a similar way to questions being asked about the benefits of electric car charging.
If you are interested in free Charging Stations for your location, you can apply online or get more information on our Free Changing Station page.