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Netto and Vattenfall partnership sparks greater electric mobility for Germany

Grocery discounter Netto and energy company Vattenfall are collaborating to set up EV fast charging stations across Netto’s store network in Germany.

 Grocery discounter Netto has entered into a partnership with energy specialists Vattenfall that will establish around 470 fossil-free electric vehicle charging stations throughout Germany. The long term project will involve the construction of 940 charging points across more than 270 Netto stores.

Vattenfall specialises in the asset-adoption, ownership and management of high-voltage equipment via a unique Power-as-a-Service model, and will oversee the planning, construction and operation of all fast-charging infrastructure for the project. The energy expert will be given full electrical management responsibility for the charging points and any associated risks, while Netto will provide the customer parking spaces in front of its stores.

The project will become a part of Vattenfall’s InCharge network, a strategic initiative designed to prepare the transport sector for a sustainable and electric future as a way to help turn the tide on climate change.

All charging stations will be open to not only Netto customers, but also all other drivers of electric vehicles during Netto’s opening hours. The establishment of EV charging stations is also intended to expand to include Netto’s rented stores in the future, helping propel Germany’s efforts to electrify its vehicles and meet its climate law target of net zero emissions by 2040.

“From our point of view, the offer of fast charging stations is an important element to increase the attractiveness of our stores,” says Ingo Panknin, CEO of Netto Germany. “In addition, we are achieving another important milestone in our sustainable corporate policy. Together with Vattenfall, we set an example in the expansion of the infrastructure for e-mobility with almost 1,000 new charging points.”

As one of the largest providers of fossil free electricity in Europe, Vattenfall will be supplying all Netto charging stations in Germany with electricity from only  renewable sources. Having recently released a white paper on delivering energy to EV hubs via Power-as-a-Service, the company is demonstrating its commitment to provide clean energy solutions for businesses that plan to go all-electric in the long-term.

Tomas Björnsson, Vice President E-mobility at Vattenfall, comments:

“We are pleased to have found a partner in Netto who cares as much about the topic of e-mobility as we do. If the charging process can be easily and conveniently integrated into everyday life – especially when shopping at the supermarket, for example – clean mobility can be realised on a broad scale.”

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