Porsche asks Aral to talk. And Aral boss Patrick Wendeler explains his concept to the gas station of the future. Aral AG, Germany's largest filling station operator with 2,400 stations, has been working on new station models for quite some time.
Vehicles with an electric drive will soon be charged there just as fast as today a refueling process for cars with internal combustion engine takes – that means on average only five to six minutes, says Wendeler in an interview with the management consultancy Porsche Consulting.
"We now have to set the course for the future," said the Aral boss. He could imagine many new services at his stations. Wendeler intends to expand the filling stations, which are located mainly on important traffic routes, into traffic hubs of the future – with take-off and landing areas for electrically operated air taxis, small conference rooms for short meetings with traveling business people and a greatly expanded shopping and gastronomy offer around the clock , However, shopping should not be more profitable there, Wendeler announces. The local supply, often at any time of the day or night, is a service that customers have to pay appropriately.
"Our petrol stations can offer many solutions for a changing mobility," says Wendeler, expecting additional customer groups to take a break at his stations. Autonomous driving would cause people to travel longer distances in the car and older people would expect more extended trips. Both would then lead to an additional shop business for the gas stations.
The article "Aral boss: How to become the gas station of the future" was added to the category News by Lars Wallerang on 15.05.2019Gas stations, mobility, lifestyle, news,verĆ¶ffentlicht.
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