9 OCTOBER 2017
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With statistics showing electric car sales rising by 172% every five years, hotel management company Hospitality First has installed charging points at a selection of its most popular properties, with the rest to follow shortly.
Regional general manager Andrew Sanders said: “We recognise the shift in the way people are buying cars – especially business travellers and commuters who are frequent users of our hotels.
“There are already calls for areas such as London to increase the amount of electric car charging points available in order to avoid ‘charging point rage’ and we are responding to that.
“With more electric cars on the road, we wanted to ensure we met the needs of a growing number of owners. Four hotels are already kitted out with charging points, and we expect to complete our whole portfolio within the coming months”.
Properties offering the service so far are Holiday Inn Express Birmingham - Castle Bromwich, Holiday Inn Express Kettering, Holiday Inn Express Preston South and Best Western Tillington Hall Stafford.
Charging point supplier Chargemaster has calculated there could be more than 250,000 electric vehicle drivers within the UK by 2020, while Hospitality First says it has received “incredible feedback” from guests.
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