"Filling Station of the Future"

    Cooperation Between RWE and APCOA, Europe's Largest Car Park Operator

    ESSEN, Germany, June 10 /CNW/ - The RWE Group and APCOA Autoparking GmbH
are entering into a partnership in the area of electric mobility. The two
companies are launching a joint roll-out of charging points for electric cars
in publicly accessible parking areas. This will make it possible for drivers
to recharge their electric vehicles very conveniently, for example while they
do the shopping.
    Initially, RWE charging points will be set up at 20 APCOA parking
facilities in central locations in Berlin, e.g. at Alexanderplatz or at the
Brandenburg Gate.
    The next step will then be to expand the RWE charging point
infrastructure to car parks in other large cities such as Hamburg, Dusseldorf,
Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich.
    Thomas Veith, Managing Director of APCOA Autoparking GmbH said, "electric
vehicles will play an important role in mobility in the future. APCOA is
purposefully investing in the filling station of the future and is offering
its customers pioneering services."
    With this strategic partnership, RWE AG has taken one step further
towards its objective of developing a full nationwide network of filling
stations for electric vehicles. "We are delighted to have Europe's market
leader in car park operations as a partner in setting up the necessary
infrastructure for our charging points. Together, we want to demonstrate to
consumers that it will soon be a very simple thing for the general public to
recharge their vehicles," said Carolin Reichert, responsible for electric
mobility at RWE.
    The charging points are being set up in Berlin by RWE and Daimler's joint
pilot project for e-mobility. RWE AG is installing 500 charging points and is
using 100 electric Smart cars to test how the public charging infrastructure
works, as well as examining the driving behaviour of the users. Until 2012,
the largest such project in the world will be finding out how e-mobility can
be brought onto the street.

    Information on APCOA

    APCOA is the largest European car park operator and offers facility
owners a full service package for parking. This includes operating parking
facilities based on leasing or management agreements. The APCOA Group
currently manages some 1.2 million individual parking spaces at more than
5,400 locations in 18 European countries.

    Information on RWE

    The RWE Group is one of the five leading energy utilities in Europe. RWE
supplies more than 14 million customers with electricity and 6 million with
natural gas. In 2008 the company generated turnover of EUR49 billion.
E-mobility is a strategic area of innovation for RWE.

For further information:

For further information: APCOA Parking Holdings GmbH, Tilman Kube Group,
Marketing Communications, Flughafenstr. 34+36, 70624 Stuttgart-Airport,
Germany, Tel.: +49-711-94791-913, E-Mail: Tilman.Kube@apcoa.eu; RWE AG, Press
Relations, Harald Fletcher, Opernplatz 1, 45138 Essen, Germany, Tel.:
+49-201-12-15247, E-Mail: Harald.Fletcher@rwe.com; RWE AG, Group External
Communications, Jan-Peter Schwartz, Opernplatz 1, 45138 Essen, Tel.:
+49-201-12-15023, E-Mail: jan-peter.schwartz@rwe.com

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