Millennium Hilton Bangkok has announced its partnership with Rizen Energy, the authorised importer and distributor of BYD electric vehicles, to launch Thailand’s first electric limousine service.
With the intention to help solve Bangkok’s critical pollution problem, the collaborative project aims to reduce 15,000 kilogrammes of carbon in 2019 by encouraging hotel guests to use BYD electric limousines.
“At Hilton, sustainability is a huge part of what we do and is important for a brand with hotels in more than 100 countries and territories,” said Heidi Kleine-Moeller, general manager, Millennium Hilton Bangkok.
“Last year, Hilton announced a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 61 per cent, in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, by 2030.
“As air pollution in Bangkok becomes more concerning, the opportunity to partner with BYD could not be timelier.
“We are delighted to offer an environmentally-friendly mode of transport to our guests and clients, which we are confident will help make a difference in the city and country.”
Ronachai Chinwattanaporn, chief executive officer of Rizen Energy, expressed his admiration for Millennium Hilton Bangkok’s vision and strong intention to drive this project: “It is a huge win to find a highly-motivated partner that wants to do its part in solving the pollution problem.
“BYD e6, the first electric limousine in Thailand, has been in use worldwide for public transportation for more than eight years.
“It is proven to be reliable, safe and practical. Millennium Hilton Bangkok’s decision to use BYD electric vehicles will help Hilton stay at the forefront of the industry.”
Authorised to import and distribute BYD electric vehicles since 2017, Rizen Energy successfully delivers 104 BYD e6 to customers in Thailand.
Designed for public transportation purposes, the spacious e6 model comes with an 80 kWh lithium iron phosphate battery, which allows 350 kilometres of driving range per charge, and a universally standard Type 2 charging adaptor.
With the powerful BYD 40 kW AC charger, it takes approximately two to two and a half hours to fully charge. BYD e6 only has a motor and battery, which is why the maintenance cost is estimated to be one third of a petrol car.
Hilton views responsible travel and tourism as an integral part of its business, which is why preserving the environment is a cornerstone of Travel with Purpose, the company’s corporate responsibility strategy to create shared value for Hilton Team Members, guests, business partners and communities.
Hilton’s commitment to the environment is embedded across the business and supported by LightStay, an award-winning, global corporate responsibility performance measurement platform.
LightStay was developed and implemented by Hilton to provide a one-stop solution for reporting environmental, operational and social impacts.