Electric cars: Aral sets up the electromobility division


Aral, BP’s gas station chain in Germany, now has its own division on its board. The previously two-person committee is now supplemented by Alexander Junge, who will continue to be responsible for the company’s parent company for new mobility, including an electromobility project in India.

The business economist Junge was previously responsible for creating an ultra-fast charging infrastructure at Aral. The new board post for him is intended to underline the important importance for Aral, according to a statement.

According to its own information, Aral operates 2,400 filling stations in Germany. By the end of this year, the company plans to install 500 charging points with a charging capacity of up to 350 kW in around 120 of them. A year ago, the company said it wanted to integrate electricity charging into the overall offering of the stations, improve traffic management on the petrol station site and, where possible, build a roof.

Fürstenwalde motorway filling station, 1937, by Friedrich Tamm. Image: Clemensfranz / CC-BY-SA-3.0

The federal government intends to have one million charging points built by 2030. Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz announced in December last year that charging stations for electric cars would be made mandatory at petrol stations if necessary. Like Aral, competitor Shell began equipping the first petrol stations with fast charging stations in 2019.


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