Dutch retailer Jumbo has announced plans to instal fast charging stations for electric cars at its stores in the Netherlands and Belgium and at La Place restaurants this year.
The move will allow customers to combine a visit to a shop, or restaurant, with charging their electric car and earn points for the Jumbo Extras rewards programme.
These points can be exchanged for discounts on groceries, subscriptions, and days out.
Jumbo Charging Points
The retailer will install 150 charging points this year in collaboration with PowerGo.
In time, a large part of its store and La Place locations will be equipped with charging points.
The installation of the charging stations will contribute to energy transition in the Netherlands, the retailer noted.
Douwe Snel, director of franchise and real estate at Jumbo, said, "We are continuously taking steps to make our business operations and buildings more sustainable and see it as a responsibility to reduce our CO2 emissions.
"At the same time, we want to help customers adopt a more sustainable lifestyle, so that we can make a difference together. By offering charging facilities, we contribute to making electric driving more accessible."
The charging time is equal to the average time that customers spend in the Jumbo store.
In many cases, this means that the car is charged as soon as the shopping has been done.
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PowerGo will install the poles for Jumbo with connections for at least two electric cars throughout the Netherlands and Belgium.
Jean-Louis Bertholet, CEO of PowerGo, said, "To achieve the sustainability ambitions, many fast chargers will be needed in the coming years for the growing number of electric cars. Together with Jumbo, we are taking a major step towards a nationwide network. comes entirely from Dutch solar energy.”
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