The supermarket chain Kaufland opened its 100th charging station at the beginning of February. At the store in Bietigheim-Bissingen in Swabia, customers can load for free during their shopping – with certified green electricity. “With this offer, we show how important the expansion of the charging infrastructure is for us and actively shape the energy transition,” says Rico Gäbler, Head of Real Estate Kaufland. By the end of 2020, another 100 fast charging stations are planned nationwide.
Kaufland has resorted to subsidies from the federal government in the charging stations built up to now – the Ministry of Transport has paid up to 40 percent of the costs. The currently planned additional 100 charging stations are to be built by Kaufland independently of a subsidy.
Kaufland relies on so-called triple-charge chargers. They have the three common connector types (type 2 / AC 43 kilowatts, CCS / DC 50 kilowatts and CHAdeMO / DC 50 kilowatts) and can charge two cars at the same time.