100 fast-charging stops at supermarkets in Germany


Lidl rival Kaufland plans to install 100 fast-charging stations at its outlets in Germany. The first 40 EV pit-stops that all run on green energy shall be set up by mid-2018. 

The Kaufland supermarket chain, a competitor to Lidl and Aldi, says it will set up 100 electric vehicle fast-charging stations at its stores in Germany by 2019. Customers and the public are invited to fill up their electric cars free of charge at 50 kW. Energy is from renewables only and certified with the ‘Grüner Strom’ label.

The first 40 charging stations will become publicly accessible by mid-2018, Kaufland says. Each station allows for charging two cars and is equipped with all types of standard connectors.

The initiative is funded with up to 40 percent through the federal charging infrastructure programme ‘Electric Mobility Funding Guidelines’ (LIS) by the Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI).

Lidl has beat Kaufland to market though as the discounter started to set up EV charging infrastructure at its locations in Germany and Switzerland since last year. An expansion of the programme beyond its key market is not planned so far.


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