Aldi is building charging stations in close proximity to the highway

With fuel stations for E-cars wants to make Aldi Süd shopping more attractive. Now, it is not intended to give the charging stations only in big city branches, but also increasingly on highways. A competition for resting sites.


The Discounter Aldi Süd is expanding the network of charging stations for electric cars at its stores and wants to create more opportunities along major German highways. “So far, we have concentrated on the conurbations and inner cities. Now we enable our customers, your holiday trips with us to plan,” said the head of energy management at Aldi Süd, Florian Kempf, on the occasion of the opening of a new charging station in the Hessian town of Seeheim-Jugenheim is close to the A5.

To Aldi Süd, ist sites in competition with the motorway. Customers can shop at the discounters, food for the journey, while the electric car refuels at the charging station.

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Already, Aldi Süd offers to 53 stores the opportunity to provide electric cars for free with the current – predominantly in large Metropolitan areas such as Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart and Mülheim an der Ruhr. A further 28 stores in the vicinity of the motorways A3, A5, A6, A7, A8 and A9 are now added. Depending on the type of vehicle, the car was prepared in a good 30 minutes for a further 200 kilometres.

E-tank five minutes are set to the maximum of the motorway

The E-tank from Aldi be a maximum of five minutes away from the highway and are not subject to more than a maximum of 160 kilometres apart, a distance which most of the E-cars now loose. BMW specifies, for example, the range of the i3 with 220 to 300 kilometers.

Aldi is the only retailer that attracts customers with this Service. Many of the competitors, including Lidl, Rewe, Ikea and a whole range of Edeka retailers offer customers similar opportunities. The cost for the discounters is quite manageable. A kilowatt-hour of electricity costs the provider close to 30 cents, the charging with a photovoltaic system – as in the case of Aldi is usually – depending on the sunlight – even for free.

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