Aldi’s charging stations are now subject to a fee – what customers need to know

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Aldi’s charging stations are now subject to a fee – what customers need to know now

Charging station for electric cars in the Aldi car park

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Seven years later, Aldi is no longer offering its own charging stations for electric cars for free use. What does this mean for customers and what are the implications of charging for discount stores and other stores?

Since 2015, free charging stations are available in many Aldi Süd stores. It was hoped customers would shop at discount stores during the shipping process. But that ended this month: An e-car at nearly 500 charging stations can only be charged for a charging fee. This is 29 cents per kilowatt-hour at normal charging stations with a maximum of 22 kilowatts and 39 cents at fast charging stations.

Payment is made with a debit or credit card or with a charging card from another electricity provider, in which case the shipping fee is more expensive. However, charging at Aldi discounts is still cheaper than many other charging stations. According to energy company EnBW, it has “the largest express charging network in Germany”. Here, a kilowatt-hour costs 45 cents, for example, with a basic monthly fee of 5.99 euros equal to 36 cents. An additional ten cents will be charged for express shipping. Charging stations are also available to customers at nearly 200 McDonald’s branches. According to company information, the furniture giant Ikea has about 220 charging stations in Ikea branches in Germany, which can be used free of charge during business hours.

Aldi: The reason for the chargeable shipping offer is unclear

It’s unclear why Aldi Süd makes use of its charging stations for a fee. However, it is clear that this simply did not pay off. After all, electricity costs on a single charge can quickly reach more than 30 euros.

However, the discount chain’s new charging policy was met with a positive response from customers. Because it is now possible to shop outside of business hours. It is no longer limited to an hour. In addition, drivers who only visited Aldi branches due to the free shipping option should turn away now.

Lild and Kaufland could follow suit

In Lidl and Kaufland, shipping is still free. However, since last March, charging stations can only be used via an app. And Schwartz’s group, which includes Liddell and Kaufland, could follow Aldi’s lead. According to the Handelsblatt report, citing industry circles, the two companies are also checking charges for charging stations located in front of their stores.

Until now, charging was only possible during business hours and limited to one hour. When asked, Schwartz’s group did not deny the potential application of a fee. However, a Lidl spokeswoman told the daily: “(…) we are studying extensively how we can improve our offer, for example to avoid permanent blockage of charging stations.”

The Rewe Group is still planning the shipping option. Within two years, 200 charging points will be available in front of the Rewe and Penny branches. says Jan-Oliver Heydrich, Managing Director of EHA, the central provider of energy services in the Rewe Group. However, he can imagine bundled offers with discounts on shopping or other discounts with the core business.

Sources:RND, Handelsblatt

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