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Expansion of electric car charging stations at SPAR stores in Austria

November 14, 2019 IN THE CATEGORY: Climate, Environment, Responsible retailing

SPAR Austria and energy supplier, Wien Energie, have partnered to install 20 additional electric car charging stations at SPAR stores in Vienna and Lower Austria.

The decision to expand its infrastructure in this area forms part of SPAR Austria’s focus on making shopping as environmentally-friendly as possible. Part of this involves promoting the use of e-cars.

“Our customers can currently re-charge their e-bikes and e-cars at more than 120 SPAR stores throughout the country. The cooperation with Wien Energie will add 20 more state-of-the-art e-charging stations in Vienna and Lower Austria,” said Alois Huber, Managing Director of the SPAR Austria office in St. Pölten.

Eight SPAR Austria stores will be equipped with photovoltaic systems in the medium term and the charging stations will be supplied with locally-generated 100% solar power. At the SPAR store in Baden, the photovoltaic system and the electric charging stations will be expanded by an intelligent battery storage, helping to buffer part of the generated solar energy and compensate for the peak loads of SPAR stores and charging stations.

Commenting on the cooperation with Wien Energie, SPAR Austria’s Board Director, Hans K. Reisch said: “Wien Energie is a long-standing, reliable partner for the maintenance and operation of our more than 80 photovoltaic systems at SPAR stores throughout Austria. Their partnership on this project was a logical next step.”

Michael Strebl, Managing Director of Wien Energie said: “Together with SPAR Austria, we want to contribute to climate protection. Customers should be able to shop in the most environmentally-friendly way possible. With 100% green electricity at e-charging points, we are sure to succeed. We are pleased to work with SPAR Austria to make available an even higher number of charging stations.”

The aim is to have all 20 e-charging stations installed by the end of 2020.

Source: SPAR Austria

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About SPAR Austria

The origins of SPAR in Austria date back to 1954, but the current SPAR AG was created in 1970 when the original founding families joined with other regional wholesalers to form SPAR Austria AG – a 100% privately owned Austrian company.

With licences granted by SPAR International, ASPIAG (Austria SPAR International AG) has developed SPAR in Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, and Northern Italy.