"Our mobility concept is based on an integrated solution combining electric cars suitable for everyday use and the appropriate charging infrastructure. In this way we are decisively improving customer friendliness and the suitability of electric vehicles."Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
Daimler is contributing more than 100 electric automobiles from Mercedes-Benz and smart to the project and also services the vehicles. RWE, on the other hand, is responsible for the development, creation, and operation of a network of approximately 500 charging stations as well as for handling the power supply and centrally controlling the overall system. “The charging stations will be set up at the customers’ homes and business locations and in public parking lots. What’s more, the network will incorporate various business-to-business partners, such as shopping centers, parking garages, and fleet customers,” says RWE Chairman Jürgen Großmann.
The joint initative is benefiting from the extensive experience that Daimler has gained from its current electro-mobility project in London. The company launched a pilot test there last year, in which customers such as the police force are testing the first-generation smart fortwo electric drive under day-to-day conditions.