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Sept 08 - With e-mobility Berlin, Daimler AG and RWE AG launched the worlds largest joint project for environmentally friendly electric cars. These provide locally emission-free driving, thus making a considerable contribution towards protecting the environment and reducing dependency on fossil fuels. The initiative covers all components required for the efficient use of battery-powered electric vehicles  from innovative drive technology through to customer-friendly infrastructure. Daimler will provide more than 100 electric cars from Mercedes-Benz and smart as well as the vehicle service.

RWE, Germanys largest energy company, is handling the development, installation and operation of the charging infrastructure accounting for some 500 charging stations, the supply of electricity and central control of the system. The payment system takes the form of the exchange of data between a special in-car communication system and the intelligent charging point. This unique co-operation brings together the specific know-how of two key industries. The project is being supported by the German federal government due to its significance in terms of sustainable mobility in the future.

Daimler AG CEO, Dr. Dieter Zetsche and the CEO of RWE, Dr. Jürgen Grossmann unveiled details of the joint project in the presence of German Chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel. This is the largest joint initiative of an energy company and a car manufacturer ever to create an infrastructure for emission free battery powered electric driving. Germanys Federal Government supports this project that includes all components for a convenient and easy to use infrastructure for electric vehicles.

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