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Vodafone will have the first electric car as part of its car fleet from E.ON and Mercedes-Benz

04. April 2011

Vodafone is the first major company in the Czech Republic, whose employees will be able to use electric vehicles for their business trips. The operator is expanding its hybrid fleet to the first electric smart ed, in cooperation with Mercedes-Benz and energy company E. ON. From them, it will be on long-term loan to Vodafone. "The electric car is another example of the practical use of technology for more considerate behavior toward the environment.

Vodafone is the first major company in the Czech Republic, whose employees will be able to use electric vehicles for their business trips. The operator is expanding its hybrid fleet to the first electric smart ed, in cooperation with Mercedes-Benz and energy company E. ON. From them, it will be on long-term loan to Vodafone.

"The electric car is another example of the practical use of technology for more considerate behavior toward the environment. In addition, drivers find parking a lot easier in the city," said Senior Manager of Corporate Responsibility, Přemysl Filip, adding: "In addition to smart Ed, we use five Toyota Prius hybrid cars, which our staff has been driving since 2008."

Smart Ed will be a standard part of the Vodafone car fleet and all employees who so request will be able to use it.

"E.ON are currently providing Vodafone their supply of 'ECO electricity', electricity produced from renewable sources that Vodafone uses for the operation of their networks. Cooperation in electromobility is another step towards fulfilling the company's energy-saving goals," said Eva Šelepová, project manager of the Smart Mobility from E.ON.

Smart Ed is an ideal vehicle for city streets, thanks to its emission-ess operation and low noise. It can reach a maximum speed of 100 km/h and its range per charge is nearly 140 km. The electric car is recharged from a standard electrical outlet and a full recharge takes about seven to eight hours. At a docking station with the so-called 'rapid-charging', charge time is significantly reduced. E. ON's first public charging station for electric cars is already in Brno's city center shopping mall Gallery Vaňkovka.

Vodafone intends to promote the expansion of electric-powered cars through the construction of public charging stations in underground garages at Vodafone headquarters in Vinice. Both the public and the private stations for Vodafone would need to be planned in collaboration with E.ON and be in operational in a few weeks.

About Vodafone Czech Republic

Vodafone (originally Oskar) received its license to operate a GSM mobile telecommunications network in October 1999. Shortly thereafter it became the fastest growing operator and set a new record in the history of GSM - signal coverage for 98% of the population of the CR in only 9 months. In 2002, the company welcomed its millionth customer and in 2005, obtained its license for the establishment and operation of a 3G network. That same year it became part of the world's leading telecommunications company, Vodafone Group. Today it provides services for more than three million corporate and residential customers. The company is also active in corporate social responsibility. It founded the Vodafone CR Foundation, which, over 5 years, has distributed more than CZK 60 million to the nonprofit sector, last year celebrated its anniversary with the campaign, we have the same unusual blood type, which heavily promoted unpaid blood donation, and in early 2011, launched the first green network. Vodafone has repeatedly won the competitions, CSR Award and Top Philanthropist in the area of corporate social responsibility. More information is available at www.vodafone.cz.

About E.ON

Energy group E.ON Czech Republic belongs to the group E.ON Energie AG. E.ON Energie AG is the largest private provider of energy services in Europe and supplies electricity and gas to approximately 15 million customers. The Czech energy group E.ON supplies electricity in southern Bohemia and southern Moravia, to 1.4 million customers and its market share is about 20%. In the field of gas, it has more than a 4,000 km long network. In South Bohemia, it already supplies gas to more than 110,000 customers since May of this year and offers to supply gas throughout its distribution area.