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Aldi installs first EV chargers in Germany

Working with RWE as technology partner and supplier, the network will offer free half-hour charges to 80% for compatible electric vehicles, said to be roughly the same time it takes to do a weekly shop.

The units are compatible with the three most common charging standards used in Europe – CHAdeMo and the Combined Charging System for DC connections, and Type 2 AC. Power is supplied via photovoltaic panels on the store’s roof.

Florian Kempf, head of energy management at ALDI SÜD, said: “Sustainability and climate change affect us all. With the “Fill up on Sun” project, we want to inspire our customers to choose an environmentally friendly form of mobility.”

Dr Arndt Neuhaus, CEO of RWE AG Germany, explained: “Charging has to be easy. And with ALDI SÜD’s commitment, it has become a bit faster and also more convenient. With our technology, we stand for safe operation and short charging times. The charging infrastructure plays a key role for companies. ALDI SÜD is setting an example.”

Alex Grant

Trained on Cardiff University’s renowned Postgraduate Diploma in Motor Magazine Journalism, Alex is an award-winning motoring journalist with ten years’ experience across B2B and consumer titles. A life-long car enthusiast with a fascination for new technology and future drivetrains, he joined Fleet World in April 2011, contributing across the magazine and website portfolio and editing the EV Fleet World Website.

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