Dutch McDonalds to install 178 quick-charging stations
For Nuon it’s the first time they provide quick-chargers. Until recently they used to install ‘normal’ charging stations, for slow charging during the night or during office hours. “We are convinced that car drivers will prefer to charge their batteries when they are already standing still”, says e-mobility director, Pieter Van Ommeren.
Nuon believes there actually is a need for quick-charging stations and the McDonald’s sites are perfectly located. “You easily find a McDonald’s and it’s nice to have a complete offer: you can take a break, have a coffee and a snack, go to the bathroom, use WiFi and charge your car.”
Nuon is not aiming at a network to compete with Fastned or Allego. The number of electric cars is growing, and so is the need for quick-charging stations.
Charging at home is cheaper
Maarten Steinbuch, professor at the Technical University in Eindhoven (the Netherlands), thinks it is a smart idea for shops like McDonald’s to attract drivers of an electric vehicle.
He doesn’t believe the quick-chargers will be at the expense of charging at home, which usually is cheaper. He expects there will be a real need for charging points where people don’t need to lose extra time.
The quick-charging points will probably become popular for car owners who cannot charge their car in their own street as well. Today mainly people with their own drive have a full electric car.
Nuon pointedly chooses for 50 kW chargers and not for ‘super chargers’ like the ones Tesla has, with a 120 kW capacity or the ones of Fastned and Allego, with 175 kW. Super chargers would also be far more expensive per charging session.