Electric car: charging while shopping
As the number of electric cars in Belgium is drawing near 12.000, supermarket chains want to attract clients by offering them charging points. Colruyt is the country leader with 70 dual-socket 22 kW charging points. ‘Topping up’ there will cost 0,25 euro/kW while other supermarket chains offer that service for free.
The business of supermarkets is always trying to attract more clients. After specific ‘family’ parking spots and online shopping, comes the possibility to top up an electric car. For now, charging stations on supermarket’s parking lots are still a rare sight. However, their number will increase in the upcoming years.
Around 160 supermarket charging points
Today, Colruyt takes the lead with 70 available charging points. All dual-socket, 22 kW charging stations are ideally placed in the car park. “The idea is to charge your car while shopping, three times faster than at home”, explains Nathalie Roisin, spokesperson for Colruyt. The group is constantly installing new ones, with the renovation or construction of its supermarkets.
While the Colruyt charging stations charge 0,25 euro/kW, others offer that service for free. Delhaize counts 48 points in Belgium. “This year, we’ll have 15 more and next year we’ll invest for ten per year”, explains spokesperson, Karima Ghozzy.
‘100 for 2020’
At Lidl, only 37 shops are currently equipped with charging points. “Our ambition is to arrive at 100 by late 2020”, explains Julien Wathieu, Lidl Belgium’s spokesperson. “Every new supermarket will be equipped with a charging point if possible. It’s a free service we’re offering our clients.”
Aldi and Cora are getting to it. The first one is in no rush and only counts two charging points in Deurne. For the latter, only its Rocourt supermarket is equipped. However, Cora plans on installing Tesla superchargers by the end of the year. Carrefour, for its part, hasn’t any corporate plan yet and the installation of charging points is a matter for the concession holder.
Varying electricity prices
Electric cars are getting more and more popular in Belgium. For the first two months of 2019, 1.111 EVs were registered, bringing the total number to 11.859 electric cars. However, unlike fuel, the price of electricity varies. VAB recently calculated the price differences.
They took a Nissan Leaf that consumes 18 kWh to drive 100 km as a standard. To top it up at home during the night, at a more advantageous price, it will cost 3,42 euro. The price is the same with a 230 V wall box but charging time drops from 7h48 to 2h32. Charging at a 400 V point at work will cost 1,98 euro for a 1h40 charging time. A public point will cost from 6,3 euro (400 V, three-phase) to 11,7 euro (quick three-phase).