Thus, Aral gas stations must survive the transition to electric mobility
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BP’s energy group wants to withdraw from oil and gas production. But what about the nearly 2,400 Aral gas stations in Germany? The company does not want to close the station, but has other plans for pre-fuel pumps.
D.The British energy company BP wants to keep the service station in Germany, despite the withdrawal from oil and gas. If BP will sell less and less fuel in the future, refueling should not die out, British Group CEO Bernard Looney said in an interview with WELT AM SONNTAG.
BP operates the largest German network of petrol stations under the Aral brand with 2386 stations. Gas stations are even central to BP’s new strategy for climate neutrality until 2050. “More than 90 percent of the population lives no more than 20 minutes from the Aral gas station,” Luni told the newspaper. We will build on that.
However, it is necessary to “completely redefine what a gas station is.” In the early days of electric mobility, the tasks of BP and Aral stations should be easier to switch to electric mobility, model exchange and local public transport, and provide more and more new benefits other than fuel sales. Mini-markets at stations play an important role here. “In the UK, 55 per cent of customers come to the station only for snacks and food, only 25 per cent – only for fuel.”
Gas station as a mobility station
In Berlin-Friedrichshain, a subsidiary of Aral turned the first gas station into a “mobility center” as a model project. The 350-kilowatt “micro grid” guarantees the charging of electric cars with batteries, which does not take much time than filling the car with a combustion engine. In addition to charging stations and machines for changing batteries for cargo bikes, there are also places for parking e-scooters, e-scooters, car sharing and transfer options to bus, underground and suburban train lines.
In the spring, BP announced that by 2030 it would reduce its own oil and gas production by 40 percent. At the same time, investment in renewable energy should be increased tenfold – to five billion dollars a year. “Awareness that there is only a limited amount of CO in the world2“The affordable budget is growing everywhere,” the new BP chief said. “Now is the time.”
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