One year after the announcement of the “Electric City” project in Germany, which will provide a total of 1,300 charging points for the city of Rüsselsheim, Opel has set up the 350 charging points for fleet vehicles on the company campus.
The Opel campus can now be used to charge the company cars of the employees and development vehicles. According to Opel CEO Michael Lohscheller, part of the company’s consistent electrical strategy is to create the necessary infrastructure. “We now have this infrastructure,” said Lohscheller. “To help electromobility achieve a breakthrough, society as a whole needs to work shoulder to shoulder, and more such overarching infrastructure projects are needed.”
In addition to Opel and the city of Rüsselsheim, other partners are involved in Electric City, such as the RheinMain University of Applied Sciences. According to the initiators, the 1,300 charging points will also be distributed among all city districts and residential areas as well as the campus of the Rhine-Main University of Applied Sciences, residential complexes of Gewobau Rüsselsheim, parking lots of selected supermarkets and shopping centres, and the grounds of the municipal hospital. “The switch to electric mobility opens up great opportunities for Rüsselsheim,” said Lord Mayor Udo Bausch at the announcement of the plans in December 2018. The federal government is supporting this major project with 12.8 million euros.
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