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Daimler to Build EV Charging Stations at Thai Luxury Hotels

Daimler announced that it will install charging stations for electric vehicles at three luxury hotel groups in Thailand. The aim is to increase electric vehicle sales in the country by providing the necessary infrastructure.

The hotels include Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide Holdings, and Minor International.

Daimler plans to install 60 to 70 stations at these hotels by the end of September. This will increase the number of charging stations in Thailand to around 200 by the end of September.

Plug-in hybrids account for about 40% of the Mercedes-Benz’s new-car sales in Thailand, according to Mercedes-Benz Thailand. Daimler hopes to increase this number by installing charging stations at luxury hotels to make electric vehicles charging easier for customers.

Daimler also plans to install charging stations at more locations such as shopping malls and golf courses.

Even the Thai government wants more people to buy electric vehicles and is providing tax incentives to push sales. However, the roadblock in electric cars adoption in the country is the lack of charging stations.

Daimler and other automakers are looking to remove this roadblock by building new charging facilities.

In related news, Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz recently revealed its all-electric SUV called EQC at an event in Stockholm, Sweden.

Mercedes-Benz has been focusing on making its cars more electric. The company already makes hybrid and plug-in hybrid vehicles, but the EQC is its first fully electric car.

It will go on sale in the United States (US) in 2020. The company has not announced the price yet, but they will start making the car in Germany in 2019. They plan to produce the car in China and the US later.

The EQC is aimed at the luxury market. When they launch the SUV in 2020, it will compete with electric vehicles from Tesla, BMW, Audi, Porsche, and Jaguar.

News source: Nikkei Asian Review

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