11 October 2022

Aral pulse and REWE introduce fast charging at 180 REWE stores in Germany

Aral and REWE expand their partnership

  • Fast e-charging to be offered at 180 REWE stores nationwide by the end of 2024

  • At least two fast-charging stations, with two charge points each, per REWE car park

  • The new 150 kW charging stations allow customers to charge an EV for a range of up to 150 km within ten minutes

  • The partners are considering rolling this out to up to 600 stores on leased properties

Bochum/Cologne, 7 October 2022 – Whether you have a few minutes to spare during the children’s football training or are on the way back from a late shift, efficiency is a precious commodity when you’re in a rush. So there’s good news for REWE customers and more. REWE has expanded its partnership with Aral to install Aral pulse fast-charging stations at 180 REWE stores across Germany. So Customers will be able to charge while they shop.

Thanks to the cooperation with Aral pulse, the largest provider of publicly accessible ultra-fast charging stations in Germany, at least 720 charge points with a charging capacity of up to 54,000 kW will be installed by the end of 2024. This makes Aral one of REWE’s most important e-mobility partners in Germany.

The cooperation between REWE and Aral began in February 2016 and today includes REWE To Go stores at 768 Aral petrol stations. The Aral partnership is bringing rapid, reliable charging to many of REWE’s conveniently located supermarkets. The first charging station is scheduled to go into operation in the fourth quarter of 2023.

According to Alexander Junge, Board Member for E-Mobility at Aral: “Partnerships like this are exactly what we need for a fast rollout of our EV charging stations. Our goal is to provide our customers with rapid, reliable charging wherever they need it. The 150 kW charging stations from Aral pulse expand the offering of REWE stores and give customers the added convenience of being able to charge while they shop.”

Telerik Shishmanov, Member of the REWE Group’s Management Board, added: “With Aral pulse’s fast-charging stations, we are expanding our e-infrastructure. This additional service will help make the daily lives of our customers and employees easier. One of our climate goals is to install a total of 4,000 charge points at existing leased properties and new buildings by 2024. Our partnership with Aral goes a long way toward helping us achieve this.”

Under the cooperation, between two and six fast-charging stations, to be entirely powered by renewable energy, will be set up at each of the selected REWE car parks. Each station will have two charge points and a charging capacity of 150 kW, allowing customers to charge a range of up to 150 km within ten minutes provided they have the required battery technology.

In addition, Aral pulse offers Plug & Charge technology, which allows customers to charge at public charging stations without a charging card or app. The driver simply connects the electric car to the charging point and leaves the charging station and the car to take care of everything else. Thanks to the underlying ISO 15118 standard, the vehicle authenticates itself automatically, transmitting the customer account data stored in the vehicle. Billing is then automatic and does not require the driver to connect to WiFi. E-car drivers can thus get back on the road much faster.

The planned partnership will initially include 180 REWE leased properties. Aral and REWE are also looking into rolling out the service to up to 600 locations in Germany not owned by the company.
Through this expansion of e-charging facilities in store car parks, REWE is responding proactively to the Building Electromobility Infrastructure Act (GEIG). This act stipulates that, starting in 2025, all non-residential buildings with more than 20 parking spaces must have at least one charging point.

About REWE

With sales of 28.4 billion euros (2022), more than 160.000 employees and over 3,800 REWE stores, REWE Markt GmbH is one of Germany’s leading food retail companies. REWE stores are run as subsidiaries or by independent REWE retailers.

The cooperatively organised REWE Group is one of the leading trade and tourism groups in Germany and Europe. In 2022, the company generated a total external turnover of around 84.8 billion euros. Founded in 1927, the REWE Group has more than 384,000 employees and operates in 21 European countries.

About Aral

With around 2,400 retail sites, Aral is No.1 in Germany, the most important European petrol station market. The quality supplier of fuels and lubricants has been based in Bochum since 1898 and invented the world’s first super fuel in 1924, composed of aromatics and aliphatics – hence the company name Aral. Aral has been bp’s German petrol station brand since 2002. More and more stations are being equipped with REWE To Go stores, offering customers a large and high-quality range of fresh snacks and hot meals. In addition, Aral is already the largest provider of publicly accessible ultra-fast charging stations in Germany with its e-mobility brand Aral pulse.

bp pulse, the parent company of Aral pulse, continues to expand its global network of fast-charging stations for passenger cars, light commercial vehicles, and trucks. By 2030, it is aiming for more than 100,000 charging stations worldwide, around 90 percent of which will be rapid or ultra-fast. bp pulse is developing a charging infrastructure throughout Europe as well as in Australia and New Zealand. Earlier this year, the company announced investments of one billion pounds in the United Kingdom and a 1 billion euro strategic collaboration with Iberdrola in Spain and Portugal. The company is also partnering with fleet operators to accelerate the transition of their fleets to e-mobility. In Germany, Aral pulse opened its first truck charging station in Schwegenheim in July 2022.

Raimund Esser
Head of Corporate Communications at
REWE Markt