Rolling out at the beginning of 2016, the first phase of the programme will see 60 hotels across the UK receive electric vehicle (EV) charging points allowing guests to charge their electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles for free.
The charging points, which will be 22kW or 7kW “state-of-the-art fast chargers”, will enable electric cars to be charged in 60 minutes.
Thomas Dubaere, managing director of AccorHotels UK and Ireland, said: “As a leading operators 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. In providing a national rollout of this service, AccorHotels continues to lead the field in customer service and our commitment to sustainable development.”
AccorHotels is believed to be the first major hotel chain to install electric car charging points. With electric and plug-in hybrid car sales in the UK having quadrupled over the last 18 months, it is forecast that one in 10 new cars by 2020 will be electric or plug-in.
David Martell, CEO at Chargemaster, said the move 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,” he said. “We expect hotels to adopt electric vehicle charging as a customer service in the same way that they have provided Wi-Fi across the board.”