implement a fast-charging service
The cleantech company Numbat and the food retailer tegut… are cooperating to provide up to 1,000 fast-charging points in Germany. Most will be ready as early as 2023.
The expansion of fast charging infrastructure in the food retail sector continues to pick up speed. The cleantech company Numbat and tegut… will ensure a significant increase in fast charging stations with up to 300 kW in central and southern Germany from 2023 on, leading the development towards a nationwide fast charging infrastructure.
“The battery of the EV can almost be fully charged in 15 to 20 minutes while you do your shopping in the store: In the future, this will be possible at all of our customer parking areas,” promises Christian Günther, responsible for energy management at tegut…. “This will make shopping even more convenient for our customers. In the future, charging the EV will no longer have to be planned but will be done quickly and conveniently on the side. This is an absolute benefit for our customers, because with this fast charging option, we are responding completely to their needs.”
Until now, the implementation of a fast charging infrastructure has been difficult. A complicated connection to the power grid, transformer stations with currently long delivery times for transformers, as well as serious construction measures and high investment costs prevented the necessary expansion of fast charging stations. With Numbat, tegut… has found a partner who solves these problems with an innovative technology. Numbat relies on a combination of High-Power Chargers and battery storage. Installation is quick and uncomplicated, transformer stations are no longer required, and tegut… benefits on the one hand from a sustainable and directly implementable fast charging offer for customers. On the other hand, Numbat optimizes power consumption in the respective store through energy management and achieves cost savings.
Almost all tegut… locations with parking areas will be equipped with one to a maximum of five fast charging systems as early as 2023. Each system has two charging points. In addition, the expansion of tegut… will result in additional charging locations every year, as the fast charging systems will be planned from the outset for every new building in the future.
Martin Schall, Managing Director of Numbat GmbH, also fully supports the cooperation: “With tegut… we have found another partner who focuses on sustainable, new technologies and knows what the world of tomorrow really needs. We can thus realize a project in the three-digit million range, which will catapult us to a leading provider of High-Power Chargers in Germany.”
For Alexander Wilhelm, Head of Expansion, Construction and Real Estate at tegut…, the investment in the fast charging infrastructure is another important step in consistently pursuing the company’s goals in terms of sustainability: “When tegut… was founded 75 years ago, we practically made it our mission to act responsibly with good food. For us, this ‘responsible action’ does not stop when a customer leaves the store. We implement it throughout the company. On the one hand, an environmentally friendly fast charging offer is, of course, an additional service offering for our customers, but on the other hand, it is first and foremost a major investment in clean mobility.”
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 promote the energy transition, especially with the patented multi-lifecycle concept. The founders are Maximilian Wegener, PhD and Martin Schall, both long-time managers in battery technology. The company is based in Kempten (Allgäu).
About tegut… gute Lebensmittel
The tegut… gute Lebensmittel GmbH & Co. KG is a trading company with more than 290 food stores in Hesse, Thuringia, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, as well as Göttingen and Mainz. The full-range retailer focuses on offering fresh and organic foods, regional sourcing, and employee training and development opportunities. tegut… offers its customers around 23,000 products: common brand products, the low-priced entry-level products of the “Jeden Tag” brand, the high-quality private labels in the price and quality levels tegut… added value brand with the tegut… purity promise, tegut… vom Feinsten, and tegut… Bio, as well as a variety of other organic brands and organic association goods such as those from Bioland, Naturland, and Demeter. In 1982, tegut… included organic foods in its product range for the first time and today generates 30.5 % of its sales with over 4,600 organic products. tegut… operates various sales concepts: Currently, 139 supermarkets (under its own management with 800 sqm to 2,500 sqm sales area as a full-range retailer with up to 23,000 articles), 116 owner-managed local suppliers (with up to 800 sqm sales area and around 7,500 articles on offer) and 28 “tegut… Lädchen” (from 120 sqm in the countryside and in urban neighborhoods with around 4.200 products for local supply). Since November 2020, the company has also been operating digital micro stores with a sales area of just 50 sqm at currently ten locations with the tegut… teo concept. In addition, there are currently three so-called QUARTIER stores with a size of around 400 square meters and a wide range of fresh snacks and ready-prepared meals. Since 2013, tegut… has been part of the Migros Zürich cooperative. 2021 net sales amount to 1.25 billion euros (previous year: 1.26 billion). On average, a total of around 7,800 people on average work at tegut…: in the stores, the logistics centers and the central services in Fulda.