Managers go green – Daimler leaders will drive hybrid or electric cars

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Gone are the days when company management traveled by strong polluting and noisy limousines. They are now going green. The managers will drive the company’s electrified cars in the future. 30 million euros will be invested for extending the company’s charging infrastructure.

“We are continuing on the path of zero-emission driving with consistency”, states Ola Källenius, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Sales and Marketing. “This is why we are making electric mobility an integral part of the everyday lives of our top management to set an example and to provide a clear role model.”

The decision refers to the company’s top levels of management and focuses on plug-in hybrid models, such as the 500 e, the C 350 e, in Saloon, Estate and extended-wheelbase versions, the GLE 500 e 4MATIC, the GLC 350 e 4MATIC and the new E 350 e Saloon.

In the Stuttgart region, managers have already been driving the purely battery-powered B 250 e since April 2015.

An electric mobility enthusiast, Harald Kröger, responsible for E-Drive development of the company is impressed by the electric options offered by the company: “I never cease to be amazed by their completely silent electric “cruising” ability and yet at the same time by the impressively sporty nature of the electric drive system, which immediately places its full torque at disposal of any engine speed.”

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As Director of Development for E-Drive, Harald Kröger had previously driven the smart fortwo electric drive for company business, subsequently switching to one of the company’s first plug-in hybrid models.

There is though the charging time and site that might be inconvenient for electric-car drivers. They mostly plug their car for the night or while they are at work, to avoid driving out to find a filling station.

Daimler has already built 556 charging points for managers and employees.

“In order to enable the convenience of using our electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, we have now decided to extend the charging infrastructure at our company locations even further. This work will already be undertaken over the next few months”, vows Ola Källenius. The company will be making an immediate investment of 30 million euros into extending charging facilities.