Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Korea uses the world's first fully-fledged electric car for all of its official duties
The first electric car of the EU Delegation to the Republic of Korea was delivered by Mercedes-Benz on 16 December 2016. This is part of the EU’s efforts to combat air pollution and climate change. The EU Delegation to the Republic of Korea is the first EU Delegation in the world to ever use a fully-fledged electric car for all of its official duties.
Through the EU Delegation’s bidding process, the “Mercedes-Benz B 250 e” was selected early this year and the ceremony to celebrate the arrival of this electric car from its German headquarters took place at the Mercedes-Benz Korea Gangseo Mokdong Showroom in Seoul on 16 December. Dr Joëlle Hivonnet, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of the European Union and Mr Dimitris Psillakis, CEO & President of the Mercedes-Benz Korea, attended the event to celebrate the occasion.
Dr. Hivonnet declared "Climate change is a serious challenge that we all face together and the EU Delegation to Korea is playing its part in the environmental protection by using the world's first electric diplomatic car." The Chargé d'Affaires a.i. added "on behalf of the European Union, I would like to express my gratitude to Mercedes-Benz for cooperating with us in bringing the electric diplomatic car to Korea, and we hope that with this initiative, we will see more environmentally friendly cars and more charging stations in Seoul and in Korea."
Although the “Mercedes-Benz B 250 e” has not been introduced in the Korean market, it has made its first debut at the 2013 New York International Auto Show. The “B 250 e” combines dynamism and driving pleasure with zero local emissions, thereby enabling its driver to enjoy electric driving at a premium level. The “B 250 e” is based on the conventionally powered B-Class and can be recharged at any standard household power socket.
Contact for press:
Ms. Jungyoon Kim, Press and Information Officer, EU Delegation to Korea
Tel: +82 (0)2 3704-1716, Email: Jungyoon.KIM@eeas.europa.eu