German Hagebau that owns DIY stores not unlike the British Homebase has teamed up with utility EnBW. Together they plan the installation of 100 fast charging stations at their improvement retail stores in Germany and potentially Austria, starting this year.
For EnBW it is one of their largest charging infrastructure cooperation with a retailer to date, especially as it includes stores across all of Germany. An expansion to Austria has been discussed but a decision has yet to be made.
The first wave of installations is to start this year. In total, Hagebau and EnBW plan to erect a network of 100 electric vehicle charging stations offering 50 kW.
The cooperation is part of the EnBW target to offer 1,000 fast charging stations by 2020. The utility has also become active in faster charging when they forged an alliance with gas station operator OMC. The stations of the planned network will be able to charge with up to 150 kW and these stations will not only line motorways but be located at pit stops in city centres and rural areas as well (we reported).
enbw.com (in German)