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Start­up Num­bat announces most com­pre­hen­sive fast charg­ing net­work in Germany

Gro­cery chain Feneberg and clean­tech com­pa­ny Num­bat are join­ing forces to offer super­mar­ket cus­tomers the best charg­ing option for e‑cars in the future. This is why they are joint­ly build­ing the nec­es­sary infra­struc­ture and, for the first time, a com­pre­hen­sive range of pub­lic fast-charg­ing sta­tions will be avail­able in a rur­al region in 2022.

“As a sus­tain­able super­mar­ket chain, we are increas­ing­ly con­front­ed with the chal­lenge of hav­ing to offer our cus­tomers a way to quick­ly charge their elec­tric vehi­cles while they shop,” says Nico Fis­ch­er, Head of Con­struc­tion, Build­ing and Ener­gy Man­age­ment at gro­cer Feneberg. “What mat­ters most to our cus­tomers is fast charg­ing, but for us it must of course also be eco­nom­i­cal­ly fea­si­ble. The costs for instal­la­tion, acqui­si­tion and oper­a­tion, for exam­ple, are sim­ply too high with the mod­els cur­rent­ly in place.”

In fact, elec­tro­mo­bil­i­ty presents com­pa­nies with major chal­lenges because, as a look at the mar­ket shows, although the reg­is­tra­tion of e‑vehicles is increas­ing rapid­ly, the instal­la­tion of the nec­es­sary charg­ing sta­tions, in par­tic­u­lar so-called fast charg­ing sta­tions or HPCs (high-pow­er charg­ers), is mak­ing only slow progress. The main rea­son for this is the dif­fi­cul­ty of con­nect­ing them to the pow­er grid, as well as the high pur­chase and instal­la­tion costs. The start­up is lead­ing the way with typ­i­cal All­gäu pio­neer­ing spir­it and can not only solve these prob­lems with the com­bi­na­tion of two tech­nolo­gies, but also estab­lish the first fast charg­ing net­work in Ger­many’s All­gäu region 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 plants and save elec­tric­i­ty through the inte­grat­ed ener­gy man­age­ment sys­tem. In this way, we man­age to ful­ly charge up to 2000 cars per year with our self-gen­er­at­ed elec­tric­i­ty in 10–15 min­utes each. In addi­tion, we have found a part­ner who cares just 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 sites is planned from Q3 2022, and prepa­ra­tions for this are underway.

The founders of Num­bat, Dr.-Ing. Max­i­m­il­ian Wegen­er and Mar­tin Schall, see them­selves vin­di­cat­ed. “Our goal is to prove that fast charg­ing columns can not only be cre­at­ed at high­ways or hubs, but through the com­bi­na­tion of fast charg­ing col­umn and bat­tery stor­age in com­bi­na­tion with our tech­nol­o­gy, every­where. 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.