New Milestones for Circle K in Sweden

The company opened its 100th location and further expanded its EV charging network.

November 22, 2023

Circle K in Sweden has announced that it has opened its 100th location. Additionally, as part of the company’s commitment to sustainability, one-third of the locations now provide charging facilities for EVs.

Over the past year, Circle K in Sweden has added 160 new charging points for public use, bringing the total number of charging points in its nationwide network to over 465.

According to a company press release, the growing demand for an EV charging infrastructure in the country prompted Circle K in Sweden to further invest in expanding its network. Currently, an additional 112 charging points are completely ready and waiting to be connected to the power grid.

“In parallel with the high pace of the rollout, we also put a lot of focus on everything else related to charging—such as making the charging experience really smooth,” said Jenni Alterling, senior manager of e-mobility at Circle K.

In addition to the 112 charging points that are ready for grid connection, another seven stations are being built, which will host 42 more charging points.

"Of course, it is frustrating that we build quickly but then have to wait for a grid connection. We've pointed this out for many years, but we're building at triple the rate anyway, and we'll continue to do so. With this rate of expansion, we will reach 1,000 charging points in 2026," Alterling concludes.

In addition to the charging points for electric cars, Circle K in Sweden announced that it opened 16 new charging points for electric trucks. The charging points are adapted for heavy traffic, with an output of 360 kW. The charging stations have been opened at five strategically selected stations across important routes for transport in Hudiksvall, Mantorp, Malmö Spillepengen and Bollebygd.

Most of the stations that are being equipped with the charging infrastructure also feature amenities such as foodservice, beverage selection, shops and restrooms.

These new locations for trucks are financed by the Swedish Energy Agency within the framework of the regional electrification pilots for heavy transport. Circle K now operates 50 dedicated charging facilities for heavy-duty transport across the country and aims to operate 90 by next year.

"It's always fun when you're in the lead, and we really are when it comes to charging infrastructure for heavy traffic. We have noticed the demand as well, our station in Vädermotet has seen a significant increase in the number of heavy vehicles charging over the summer,” says Lennart Olsson, senior pricing manager and responsible for charging heavy traffic at Circle K.

In addition, Circle K expects to be able to provide hydrogen at selected locations as well as open 2 MCS (megawatt chargers) this year within the E-Charge project. The project is partly funded by Vinnova and aims to “accelerate the build-up of knowledge in the electrification of heavy long-distance transportation,” according to Vinnova’s website.