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OLAF Schulze, Director Energy Management / Real Estate Sustainability at Metro Properties, a subsidiary of the wholesale company Metro, explained in an interview with Has · to · be why trading and commercial sites should set on e-mobility services and why the automotive industry the opportunities offer these sites, should also use.

In addition to the course of energy procurement for the Metro, it is also responsible for its mobility concept, which also includes the infrastructures that need for growing e-mobility: “Any mobility, whether electrically or conventional, whether business, drive to the metro market or logistics, creates emissions And I look at that, “says Schulze. The theme of e-mobility have been pursuing the wholesalers since 2012, “because we have the first charging point installed at the Dusseldorf headquarters,” he explains. Meanwhile, it alone be there at the metro campus around 100 charging points, ten of them for e-bikes. Europe-wide, 1000 charging points should be offered by 2030.

“We contribute our part to promote alternative, climate-friendly drives,” says Schulze. The infrastructure is available to employees and customers “as additional service available”. By the year 2040, the Metro wants to handle its entire business with climate-neutral. The most important levers are energy, cold and warmth, “which are responsible for 93 percent of our CO2 emissions”, as explained.

But also the area of mobility should be sustainable, “and therefore we promote a corresponding guideline that with the growing number of charging columns also the proportion of E-cars in our company car fleet is rising,” says Schulze. Delivery logistics place the Metro “once again challenges again, because while we are already successfully testing electromobility in the Van area, there is a lack of heavy soils over 7.5 tons and, above all, the cooling towers so important for us so important to us. Using alternative drives “.

“Our location of the future is climate neutral”

Trade and commercial sites, as Schulze, can play an important role for electromobility: “In our eyes, the wholesale location of the future is a location that is so close to the customer as possible, which is physically available and highly efficient,” explains he. “Our location of the future is a Zero Emission Store, which is operated climate-neutral and whose power consumption we produce regenerative”. And the customer’s sustainability efforts should also be supported: you can come with the electric car and load your car during the shopping season. There has been a first Store designed for net zero emissions since 2016 in the Austrian St. Poulken. “We have been equipped with ten charging points at that time and pre-cabled for further charging points, so we can react to quickly rising needs.”

The Metro currently has just under a fifth of the company car fleet electrified and good 300 electric vehicles in Germany, France, Austria and other countries in the fleet and offers charging infrastructure at all their boarding sites. The metro installed more than 500 charging points worldwide, also because of political specifications – the European “Energy Performance of Buildings Directive” about and the individual concrete measures in different countries.

The operation of charging infrastructure shows the metro “not as a business”, as explained to the school: the shop with the charging column is therefore outsourced to partner companies, which are “true specialists in operation and billing as well as maintenance of charging infrastructure”. There are different cooperation models. Basically, it is “important that customer service is also true at the charging points, because the best shopping experience is destroyed when the charging process does not work outside”.

Schulze finds that the automotive industry should also participate in the construction of charging infrastructure more strongly, “because with the pure sale of E vehicles it is not done”. High sales figures of electric vehicles do nothing if the loading infrastructure is still so afterwards that end consumers can not load nationwide, he says. And is open to partnership models: “I wish the automotive industry realizes that the trade in its parking areas and the residence time offers a chance”.

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2 thoughts on “How Metro Employees & Customers supported e-mobility”

  1. From the article:
    “Schulze finds that also the automotive industry should also participate in the construction of charging infrastructure more strongly, “Because with the pure sale of E-vehicles it is not done”.”

    Nice that also from commercial side times position GG. The monotonous “The-others should pay-it-pay” -hildegard (VDA) is purchased!

  2. Well, one can also have such a setting. And then something is about the energy transition and climate protection. Huge roof and parking areas, customers who are already there for at least one hour, that makes sense and is also necessary. Holistic thinking is not everyone, Metro has clearly a good man.


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