Q8 and Storm to invest €250 million in fast charging stations

Gas station operator Q8 and energy company Storm will build a network of up to 200 fast charging stations in Belgium – about half with a shop or restaurant. That is what both companies announced on Monday. They call it “a unique partnership”. The project represents an investment of up to 250 million euros.

Both partners intend to install the fast charging stations in easily accessible locations, on major traffic routes, near urban centers, and not at existing Q8 gas stations because, they say, “there is a need for additional fast charging stations at specific locations, where no fuel will be sold”.

Combined expertise

Each charging station will have 10 to 16 charging places with a charging capacity of up to 400 kW. For an average car with a 50 kWh battery, this means it will take 15 to 20 minutes before its battery is 80 percent full. The loading stations will also be accessible for vans.

Both partners will combine their expertise in renewable energy, mobility, and shopping experience. Q8 already offers a ‘Shop&Go’ in approximately a quarter of its traditional gas stations and will take care of the cooperation with independent partners (like Delhaize, Panos, and McDonald’s).

Renewable electricity

Storm will own the sites and be responsible for the development and construction of the infrastructure. The electricity will be 100 percent renewable and of Belgian origin.

The rollout of the new fast charging stations will start this summer and the goal is to create about 40 annually, first in Belgium, later in the Netherlands and Luxemburg. The first stations to be opened next summer will be in Waasmunster, Roeselare, Zandhoven, and Heusden-Zolder, among others.

Storm previously built wind farms worth 350 million euros in Belgium and Ireland and is also investing in large-scale battery storage sites.

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