Vattenfall’s Dutch subsidiary Nuon has teamed up with McDonald’s in the Netherlands to equip each and every DriveIn branch with two fast-charging points. The effort will result in the installation of 168 EV charging stations across the country beginning this year.
The first charging station will be installed at the end of 2018 at a McDonald’s branch with the remaining 167 fast charging stations to follow throughout the next three years.
For both Nuon as well as the burger outlet, the cooperation is a step in line with CSR strategies and Bas Klaassen, Director Development Real Estate & Construction at McDonald’s emphasises, that the “stations run entirely on green electricity.”
While this will hardly make up for McDonald’s carbon footprint regarding their business as a whole, the idea of providing charging opportunities at a “restaurant” is valid.
For Nuon and their owner Vattenfall, it is also another step into markets beyond Sweden, an expansion the utility has been pushing lately. A new business unit is to position Vattenfall among the top electric vehicle charging infrastructure operators in Northwest Europe within five years, whilst achieving a turnover of SEK 1 billion. Vattenfall recently opened for business in the UK reportedly and are looking for commercial developers as partners for their electric car charging services.
Vattenfall aleady operates 9,000 charging points in Sweden, the Netherlands and Germany. Only in its home country Sweden, Vattenfall is looking into home charging solutions as they have launched a joint offer for electric car charging with Volvo (we reported).
In Sweden too you can find a McDonald’s that not only offers fast-charging but high power charging. In fact, Fortum opened their first HPC charging location in Sweden together with the fast food chain. The branch is located in Kristinehamn, and marks the half-way point between Stockholm and Oslo.