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Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong introduces electric cars

28 Mar 2014 by Clement Huang

Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong has partnered with Mercedes Benz Hong Kong to provide complimentary shuttle services in electric cars, in addition to the hotel’s own fleet of Mercedes Benz limousines and Viano minibuses. The hotel currently has two of these green vehicles.

The Hong Kong property joins a small group of local hotels that offer similar services through the use of environmentally friendly electric vehicles, including Island Shangri-La and Grand Hyatt, Hong Kong (see here).

“The electric car shuttle rides gives out zero emissions and thus improves roadside air quality and helps lower Hong Kong’s carbon footprint,” said Ulf Bremer, general manager of Kowloon Shangri-La, Hong Kong.

In addition, Kowloon Shangri-La will also be home to the first and only hotel electric car charging station in the urban business and shopping district of Tsim Sha Tsui East. Open for all to use round the clock, the charging station is located in one of the car park bays at the hotel’s driveway and is equipped with two 13-Amp green sockets that can charge two vehicles at the same time. 

While use of the station is free, the usual parking fee applies, at HK$80 (US$10.5) per hour, with a minimum of two hours. At 240 V, it takes two to eight hours to get an electric car fully charged, depending on the model. But those patronising the hotel’s restaurants get two hours of free parking at lunch, with a minimum spend of HK$400 (US$51.5), and three hours at dinner if the check reaches HK$800 (US$103).

For more information, visit www.shangri-la.com

Clement Huang

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