Germany's first comprehensive fast charging network
How a regional supermarket chain and an Allgäu startup are becoming pioneers at more than 40 locations in southern Germany
Feneberg and cleantech company Numbat are joining forces to offer supermarket customers the best charging option for EVs in the future. Therefore, they are jointly building the necessary infrastructure for this and, for the first time, an area-wide offer of public fast charging stations will be created in a rural region in 2022.
As a sustainable supermarket chain, we are increasingly confronted with the challenge of offering our customers an opportunity to fast charge their EV while shopping,” says Nico Fischer, Head of Construction, Building and Energy Management at Feneberg. “What matters most to our customers is fast charging, but for us, of course, it also has to be economically viable. The costs for installation, acquisition and operation, for example, are simply too high with the models that currently exist.”
In fact, electromobility poses major challenges for companies, because as a look at the market shows, while the registration of EVs is increasing rapidly, the installation of necessary charging stations, especially so-called fast charging stations or HPC (High-Power Charger), makes hardly any progress. The main reason for this is the difficulty of the connection to the electricity grid and the high acquisition and installation costs. The startup is leading the way with typical Allgäu pioneering spirit and, by combining two technologies, is not only able to solve these problems, but also to establish Germany’s first fast charging network with an average of one fast charging station every 10 km.
“With Numbat, we have now found a way to implement the topic of ultra-fast charging stations as an offer for our customers on the one hand, and on the other hand, thanks to the integrated battery storage, we are able to store the PV electricity from our own solar systems and save electricity through the integrated energy management system. In this way, we manage to fully charge up to 2000 cars a year with our self-generated electricity in 10-15 minutes each. In addition, we have found a partner who cares as much about sustainability as we do at Feneberg,” says Fischer. The innovative battery technology has patented, sustainable properties that make an important contribution to the energy transition. Installation at the locations is planned for the third quarter of 2022, and preparations for this are already underway.
The founders of Numbat, Dr.-Ing. Maximilian Wegener and Martin Schall, see themselves confirmed. “Our goal is to prove that fast charging stations can not only be built at highways or hubs, but through the conjunction of fast charging station and battery storage in combination with our technology, anywhere. Since our Numbats do not need to be connected to the medium voltage grid, we avoid interventions in the infrastructure and large construction measures such as transformer houses. We are pleased to take on a certain pioneering role together with Feneberg and are convinced that our model will be relevant for the whole of Germany, as more rural regions in particular are often forgotten when it comes to fast charging.”
One thing the young startup has already proven: As of today, this cooperation is building the most comprehensive fast charging network in Germany.
About the company Numbat
The cleantech startup from the Allgäu region combines three worlds with its patented technology: A fast charging station (HPC) for the trendy topic of e-mobility, an integrated battery storage for energy management solutions in companies, and all this with an environmentally friendly approach to contribute to the climate reversal. The founders are Dr.-Ing. Maximilian Wegener and Martin Schall, both long-time managers in battery technology. The company is based in Kempten (Allgäu).
Why Numbat is the most sustainable option on the market
The battery storage is 100% charged with renewable energies and can always be connected to existing PV systems as well, reducing the load on the electricity grid. With a patented climate protection technology, the life of a battery is tripled (multi-lifecycle strategy). The installation of the Numbat to the low voltage grid works without major construction measures, which cannot be prevented with common models (medium voltage grid).
About the company Feneberg
Feneberg is the regional supermarket chain in the Allgäu. The Feneberg family has been behind it from the very beginning. Today, Christof and Hannes Feneberg are the third generation to run the company. As a regionally rooted family business, Feneberg embodies the values of home, quality and trust. With its own brands VonHier, FeBio and Gourmella and production facilities – the Feneberg butchery and the Feneberg bakery – Feneberg is strongly committed to regionally produced food. There are currently 82 Feneberg stores. The distribution area extends within a radius of 100 kilometers around Kempten to Lake Constance in the west, Ulm and Munich in the north, Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the east and Oberstdorf in the south. Around 3,200 people are employed there and in the branches.
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