PARIS—Hybrid and full electric vehicles are taking to the road this summer, a greener and more cost-effective travel option especially with the mounting fuel crisis and petrol price increases.
The challenge, however, is where to charge your vehicle. UK and EU governments are busy rolling out recharge terminals across Europe to support drivers, but there is still a way to go.
So to help travelers on their way Accor has mapped EV charge points at hotels across Europe letting travelers easily filter hotels by charge units and plan a route that lets them rest and their car recharge.
Hanna Ushal-Rudik, Director Sustainability for Northern Europe at Accor, said: “We’ve mapped EV points at hundreds of Accor hotels across Europe. At Accor we embrace the Slow Travel trend, it is the true spirit of exploration, a wonderful way to travel and discover new places.”
“The way people travel is changing,” Ushal-Rudik adds. “Travelers are more conscious of the carbon impact of their trip, and many are seeking ways to adjust. Accor research shows 55 percent of travelers are planning to keep their travels in Europe this summer. Hybrid and full electric car travel is perfect for traveling domestically and across borders, pairing convenience with sustainability. Our study showed 69 percent of people are more aware of sustainability than pre-pandemic and 61 percent want to adjust the way they travel to travel more sustainably; this includes an intent to travel slower by rail, car, and electric vehicles. We want to support travelers to make greener choices and that’s why we’ve mapped EV recharge units at more than 130 hotels.”
More than 130 Accor hotels have installed EV charging points in Northern Europe including 29 hotels in the U.K., 22 in Germany, 16 in Switzerland, 14 in Belgium, 30 in the Netherlands and 11 in Poland. Charging units are installed at the various properties from eco hotels (ibis budget, ibis, ibis Styles) and midscale (Novotel, Mercure) to premium and luxury hotels (MGallery, Mövenpick, Swissôtel, Pullman, Sofitel, Fairmont).