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06/19/19
Wolfsburg/Berlin
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Volkswagen and Schwarz Group to be strategic e-partners

In future, Volkswagen's electric WeShare fleet in Berlin will also recharge at the 140 new charging stations of Lidl and Kaufland.
  • Food retailers Lidl and Kaufland, which form part of the Schwarz Group, to install 140 public charging points in Berlin
  • Number of public charging points in German capital to be boosted by almost 20 percent
  • Volkswagen e-car sharing provider WeShare to receive exclusive overnight charging rights for fleet
  • Expansion of partnership to other cities possible
  • Christian Senger, Volkswagen Board Member for Digital Car and Services: “Supermarkets are the filling stations of the future.”

Shortly before the market launch of its full-electric car sharing service WeShare in Berlin at the end of June, Volkswagen has concluded a strategic partnership with the Lidl and Kaufland supermarket chains, which are owned by the Schwarz Group. The food retailers are to install 140 public charging stations for the electric vehicles of their customers at 60 Lidl and 10 Kaufland branches in the German capital. Volkswagen is to receive the exclusive right to use the new infrastructure for charging its WeShare fleet overnight outside opening hours, which will make the utilization of the charging stations more efficient. The additional charging points at Lidl and Kaufland outlets will boost the public charging infrastructure in Berlin by almost 20 percent.

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