Mercedes-Benz and smart are confidently preparing for the widespread uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) in the UK by beginning the installation of recharging points across their dealer networks.
So far 20 Elektrobay recharging units, produced in the UK by Brighton-based Elektromotive, have been installed at seven locations as part of a pilot project, and further expansion of the initiative is planned later this year.
Smart will be starting public trials of the latest version of the zero emission, Smart electric drive later this summer.
Charging bays at Mercedes-Benz/Smart sites can be used now by motorists involved in the smart fortwo electric drive trial.
So far three units have been installed at Mercedes-Benz World in Weybridge, Surrey, a further three at the Mercedes-Benz UK in Milton Keynes, four at the flagship Mercedes-Benz dealership in Brentford, seven at three Mercedes-Benz dealerships in the Midlands, and three outside the showroom on Edgware Road, London.
“Electric vehicles will form an increasingly important part of our product development plans, and it is crucial that we put in place a recharging infrastructure to help our dealers and customers join the zero-emission revolution,” said Dermot Kelly, managing director Mercedes-Benz Cars.