Bonn/Teisnach, 8 September 2020. Tank & Rast, the leading motorway service provider along the German motorways, and E-WALD, the up-and-coming system provider of electric mobility in the public and private sectors, have agreed on a long-term cooperation. Under the agreement, E-WALD will take over, modernise and expand the existing charging infrastructure at 27 Tank & Rast locations. In addition, within two years an additional 25 locations will be equipped with up to ten charging stations. In future, travellers will be able to charge their e-cars at a total of 52 Tank & Rast locations.
In the Tank & Rast motorway service network along the German motorways, there are currently almost 800 high power charging points at approximately 350 motorway service locations. This means that Tank & Rast already provides the largest nationwide high power charging network in Germany, accessible to all customers. Through the partnership concluded with E-WALD, Tank & Rast is supplementing and expanding its range of e-mobility solutions.
The Hyperchargers (150 – 300 kW) from E-WALD are equipped with the EU standard “Combined Charging System (CCS) connectors”. Type 2 and CHAdeMO charging options will also be offered at all locations. In this way, Tank & Rast and E-WALD ensure that travellers can smoothly charge all common e-cars at motorway service stations within 15 to 30 minutes.
Through eRoaming, the E-WALD charging stations, that will be powered by green electricity, offer the drivers of electric cars the opportunity to charge at all E-WALD charging stations, regardless of which operator they have a contract with. Billing is subsequently carried out by the charging customer’s own contractual partner. At all stations, the charging process can also be started directly with the smartphone, and payment is made using various common payment means.
Peter Markus Löw, Deputy CEO of Tank & Rast, emphasises: “With E-WALD, we are expanding our partnerships with another strong and reliable provider. We already offer travellers a comprehensive and high power charging infrastructure along the motorway. This means that we are also prepared for a market ramp-up in the long term and up to the mass market”.
“We are proud that we have prevailed in an intensive competitive selection process with our offer for these premium locations. Our Hyperchargers are an important building block for seamless e-mobility in long-distance transport,” says Otto Loserth, Managing Director of E-WALD GmbH. “The cooperation with Tank & Rast is an important step towards proving our range of services on long-distance routes as well. The acquisition by Statkraft last year has given us the necessary tailwind for this”.
“We are very pleased that E-WALD is entering into this long-term partnership with Tank & Rast. Statkraft has many years of experience with electric mobility in Norway, the market with the world’s highest market share for electric vehicles,” says Bjørn Holsen, Senior Vice President New Business at Statkraft. “We support E-WALD’s ambitious growth targets in the German e-mobility market”.
About Tank & Rast
Autobahn Tank & Rast is the leading provider of catering, retail, hotel and fuel on the motorways in Germany. With its franchise partners it operates around 360 petrol stations and around 400 service stations (including around 50 hotels) in the German motorway network. Around 500 million travellers visit Tank & Rast service stations every year. Serways is the service brand of Tank & Rast. It stands for consistent customer orientation and high service quality. Around 225 service stations bear the Serways logo and there are also eleven hotels under the Serways brand.
About E-WALD GmbH
E-WALD GmbH is one of Germany’s leading providers of electric mobility and charging infrastructure in the public and private sectors. The company builds and operates charging points and charging parks throughout Germany and offers ecological mobility solutions with eCarsharing.
E-WALD GmbH, based in Teisnach in Lower Bavaria, was founded in 2012 as part of the research project “Electromobility Model Region” of the Technical University of Deggendorf. Since then, E-WALD has developed from the largest demonstration project for electromobility in Germany to a supra-regional system provider for electromobility with more than 7,000 users. In 2019 Statkraft, Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy, acquired E-WALD with the aim of supporting the company in its ambitious growth plans.
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