'Honey, I'm going to go shopping now and before that I have a quick refueling.' This phrase will die out at some point, at least in households where an electric car is on the doorstep, in the garage or in the carport. Briefly refueling then no longer works, depending on the performance of the wallbox at home and the size of the vehicle's battery, you hang on the cable longer.
Retailers take advantage of this. The refueling stop in addition to shopping can be omitted if the customer can recharge the electric car in the supermarket parking lot. A service that is of course gladly accepted. In addition to customer loyalty, the operator of the supermarket has another advantage. Charging the car increases the length of time you spend in your own shop.
Longer walks through the shelves mean a full shopping cart and thus more sales at the checkout, or customers use a café integrated in the store, which too Promises sales potential.
Ultra-fast charger at the Hellweg hardware store
Charging an electric car while shopping is already possible at many consumer and supermarkets. The energy service provider EnBW now also wants to offer hobby mechanics, gardening enthusiasts and DIY enthusiasts this opportunity.
In Cooperation with the hardware store chain Hellweg, which is particularly widespread in the Ruhr area, is to create ultra-fast charging stations at 80 DIY and garden centers. The high power chargers should offer a charging capacity of up to 300 kW. The first ten pillars in the retailer's parking lots are due to go into operation by the end of this year. The electricity that is made available here should be 100 percent offrenewable sources.
The ultra-fast chargers at the Hellweg locations will be integrated into the EnBW HyperNetwork. The aim of the energy company is to set up 1,000 locations with high-speed charging stations in Germany by the end of 2021, which will then offer 3,000 fast charging points.
Aldi Süd wants 1,500 stations by 2024
Aldi Süd has around 100 stations in large cities with a charging capacity of 22 kW. By the end of the year, 200 more should be built. Starting in 2021, 300 charging stations are to be built per year, so that by the end of 2024 the number will be 'over 1,500'. DC stations with a capacity of up to 150 kilowatts are also to be added.
The supermarket chain REWE offers 90 charging points at currently 50 locations. Most of them offer 22 kW charging power, there are also a few DC columns with 50 kW. However, charging electricity at REWE is not necessarily free. The retail group makes the space available to operators of charging stations, the usage options and costs then vary depending on the provider.
Recharge your batteries at Burger King
Burger King wants to install charging stations in the parking lots of his fast-food restaurants. The concept includes the installation of a comfort charging station per restaurant, so-called Ultra Fast Charger, with two charging points each, offering a charging capacity of 50 to 150 kilowatt hours. The charging current systems are under a glass roof as weather protection, which is supplemented by an information monitor. The first charging station has already been released in Hamburg-Burgdorf. Numerous other restaurants are to follow. Burger King is cooperating with sustainability investor CUT Power AG on its charging infrastructure. The builds and operates the e-filling stations together with the energy company EnBW. Only certified green electricity is charged.
Hornbach plans charging infrastructure
The hardware store group Hornbach has announced the establishment of a Germany-wide charging infrastructure for electric cars. The project is being promoted together with the energy supplier Pfalzwerke. Around 100 DIY stores are to be equipped with 50 kW charging stations. Hornbach is making parking spaces available that will in future be reserved for charging electric cars while shopping.
Kaufland, Lidl and Edeka
All new buildings of the supermarket chains Kaufland and Lidl will have at least one charging station for electric vehicles. Existing branches get their charging stations in the course of modernization. This is reported by the Schwarz Group from Neckarsulm in Baden-Württemberg, to which both retail chains belong.
In the medium term, there will be a charging station for electric cars in every parking lot in the approximately 3,900 German Kaufland and Lidl stores. According to the Schwarz Group, the group will then operate the largest electric car charging network in German retail. The aim is to have a distance of less than 20 kilometers between two retail chain charging stations. Kaufland currently operates charging stations at 120 locations.
The individual charging points have different performance levels. High-power chargers (Type 2 /AC 43 kilowatts; CCS /DC 50 kilowatts and CHAdeMO /DC 50 kilowatts) should enable fast charging. There two customers can charge for free at the same time. The electricity comes 100 percent from renewable sourcesEnergies is coming. In some cases, photovoltaic systems installed in the branches supply some of the energy. In connection with the expansion of the charging infrastructure, the Schwarz Group is demanding that politicians dismantle bureaucratic hurdles that hinder the rapid expansion of a nationwide charging infrastructure.
In addition, the Schwarze Group works together with WeShare from Volkswagen in matters of e-mobility: at night, the vehicles of the electric car sharing fleet can be charged at the Group's charging stations. There are also charging stations in front of Edeka markets.
Charge e-cars at IKEA
The furniture giant IKEA has already installed 113 charging stations in Germany. Since mid-March 2019, all 53 furniture stores in Germany have been able to charge electricity with up to 22 kW free of charge. At full capacity, 45,000 electric cars can get electricity free of charge per month.