nationwide High-Power Charging
The cleantech company Numbat GmbH puts the first Numbats into operation in the parking areas of the food retailer Feneberg, 600 are to be built throughout Germany in 2023.
On the occasion of the commissioning of the first “Numbats” in the parking lots of Feneberg Lebensmittel GmbH, all cooperation partners involved came together: Feneberg, AÜW and the Allgäuer Zeitung were honored by Numbat for their good partnership. Together, they reviewed the past months and announced the start of a nationwide fast charging network in the Allgäu region. By the end of January, 23 branches of the family-run supermarket chain are expected to be equipped with the fast charging infrastructure. By the end of June, Numbats will be installed at a total of up to 50 locations, contributing to a progressive and climate-conscious Allgäu. Numbat GmbH will then begin implementing 1,000 charging points with the grocery chain tegut and other customers such as gas stations and car dealerships in the 2nd quarter of 2023.
Christof Feneberg, Managing Director at Feneberg, still remembers his first meeting with the founders of Numbat, Dr.-Ing. Maximilian Wegener and Martin Schall: “In fact, I have already listened to a number of concepts in the field of fast charging infrastructure over the years, but none of them has convinced me to date. Until these two young entrepreneurs told me about their idea with full enthusiasm. I had a good feeling right away, which is why I’m very happy to put the first Numbats into operation here in our parking areas today.”
The Numbat, a combination of High-Power Charger (HPC) and battery storage, provides 300 kW of charging power in the parking lots of the stores, making it the first nationwide fast charging network in a rural region in Germany. The fast charging station is equipped with two charging points; when used simultaneously, up to 150 kW can be retrieved at each point. The publicly accessible Numbats offer customers in grocery store parking lots real added value: in addition to shopping, the EV can be charged and fast charging is easily integrated into everyday life. The company, in this case Feneberg, also benefits from the advantages offered by the battery storage system: It takes over various energy management tasks and thus optimizes self-consumption. Charging is done with 100 % green electricity from AllgäuStrom or with solar energy generated by the stores themselves via PV systems.
“We are proud to be able to contribute to the energy transition as a sustainable supermarket chain. With the managing directors of Numbat, we have found two real doers who have turned their idea into reality in less than two years – such a fast realization would not have been possible with any other charging station provider. We as Feneberg benefit from a nationwide fast charging network, and so do our partners and, above all, the Allgäu region,” says Nico Fischer, Head of Construction, Building and Energy Management at the Feneberg grocery store.
Martin Schall, Co-Founder/Managing Director of Numbat GmbH, adds: “Feneberg, AÜW and Allgäuer Zeitung are practically cooperation partners from the very beginning. We are grateful to be able to actually put the first Numbats into operation in the Feneberg parking lots together with them today. We were able to prove ourselves in the region, and now we are heading for our next goal and will provide nationwide fast charging throughout Germany”.
The cleantech startup Numbat combines three worlds with its patented technology: A High-Power Charger (HPC) for the trendy topic of e-mobility, an integrated battery storage for energy management solutions, and all this with an environmentally friendly approach to contribute to the energy transition, especially with the patented multi-lifecycle concept. The founders are Dr.-Ing. Maximilian Wegener and Martin Schall, both long-time managers in battery technology. The company is based in Kempten (Allgäu).