Berlin, Germany — (METERING.COM) — December 21, 2009 – Berlin utility RWE and auto manufacturer Daimler have launched the next phase of the “e-mobility Berlin” initiative with the handover of the first smart fortwo electric drives to customers together with the official launch of RWE’s electricity charging infrastructure.
From public charging stations to RWE’s home charging stations, loading and paying for green electricity is now as easy as using a mobile phone. An intelligent charging management enabling a direct data exchange between the vehicle and the charging station forms the foundation for this. Customers receive a complete package containing the smart fortwo electric drive with intelligent charging management and a full service contract, an intelligent and fast RWE home charging station and free green electricity for the first 18 months.
In line with a full service rental model the vehicles are being passed on to selected fleet, business and private customers. In the course of the project, the Berlin fleet will be completed by Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-CELL vehicles. Daimler will provide a total of more than 100 electric vehicles with battery from smart and Mercedes-Benz for "e-mobility Berlin" and will also service and maintain them.
“The smart fortwo electric drive is worldwide the first electric vehicle equipped with an intelligent charging management and the latest lithium-ion technology,” says Dieter Zetsche, Daimler CEO and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “It combines driving pleasure with an emission free range of 135 km – more than enough for daily use in urban areas. From today this sustainable and customer-friendly electric automobile will be an integral part of Berlin’s street picture.”
RWE is providing the area-wide intelligent electricity charging infrastructure for e-mobility Berlin with around 500 electricity charging stations and is also responsible for the operation, supply of green electricity and central system control of the infrastructure.
“Only green electricity from renewable sources is being used for the e-mobility Berlin project. Thanks to our know-how as an electricity producer we bring climate protection to individual mobility through renewable energies,” said Jürgen Großmann, CEO of RWE. “We are setting up a comprehensive system with an intelligent and user-friendly charging infrastructure that is suitable for quick everyday charging at home, work and in public areas. Our technology is already creating the basis for even more climate protection in future, especially the more efficient use of renewable energies”