SEE FINALLY, Germany, June 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — A new era has begun for electric car drivers. The first bk World opened today, Friday, in Endsee, Bavaria. By creating charging havens, this subsidiary of bk Group AG is revolutionizing long-distance travel by electric car.
From idea to reality
For electric car drivers, charging time is mostly wasted time. It’s 20 to 30 minutes that they must spend consuming fast food in a secluded parking lot, killing time on their mobile phone, enjoying the charms of gas station toilets, writing e-mails on a laptop in precarious balance – and waiting for time to pass.
It’s something that Gerald Wolfarth and Mark Arnold, the founders of bk World, want to change. The idea for bk World was born during a charging stop in the middle of the night, they recounted during the inauguration of the first bk World. “There had to be a better way – and we wanted it to be unique,” Wolfarth said.
Now, right at the Tesla Supercharger Park with its 20 fast charging stations at Endsee, the first location has opened: a lounge for electric car drivers that turns waiting time into quality time.
In bk World, charging time becomes quality time
“The whole idea of bk World was conceived from the user’s point of view,” explained Arnold. “In other words, as a driver of an electric car, what do I really need during a charging break?”
bk World of course offers sanitary facilities, while a comfortable seating area invites drivers to linger. But the concept is much broader. For example, it makes extremely efficient use of the small footprint. Different products are dispensed fully automatically. The food that drivers can buy on site is healthy, fresh and low in sugar. When selecting the product portfolio, the planners deliberately avoided working with large companies and instead chose to focus on maintaining regional and sustainable products. In collaboration with an entrepreneur and an investor Marcel Jansenwork is even underway to develop an innovative and healthy food portfolio specifically for bk World.
Small office spaces for business meetings, a children’s playground to entertain the little ones and a green environment transform a necessary stay into a welcome break.
A unique spatial concept
bk World is made up of so-called Qubes, modular and transportable room elements that can be combined in different ways to meet a wide variety of site space requirements. As a charging facility grows, its bk World can grow with it. Qubes can be assembled, disassembled and moved in a very short time. This is particularly good news for owners, but also for operators of charging facilities. In the event of a lease expiration, bk World offers the greatest possible flexibility. The smallest version, with a seating area and a Qube bathroom, takes up around 50 square meters – but there is no upper size limit for bk World. This reduces material waste and makes demolitions a thing of the past. And bk World’s inherent adaptability makes it easy to find suitable locations.
“With bk World, charging park operators are no longer dependent on existing infrastructure. We simply come wherever a charging park has been installed. All we need is a connection for water, waste water and electricity, which means we can put our living rooms in virtually any location,” Wolfarth said.
Support regional traders
bk World is also committed to strengthening regional retail. Its online store hosts a platform on which regional traders can present themselves. As locations expand, the portfolio of regional specialties will continue to grow. At Endsee, visitors to the charging park will find specialties such as Franconian wines, award-winning chocolates and exceptional cooking oils.
“For most retailers, bk World is a touchpoint with a new target group that would otherwise be difficult, if not impossible, for them to reach. After all, people who stop for a break on the highway won’t be aware of the big stores in nearby towns. The visibility that businesses can now get through our platform is huge,” said Wolfarth.
Each bk World location will feature a maximum of 80 selected products from the surrounding region, making each bk World unique. It is also possible to buy regional products in the bk World online store.
Go further in sustainability
bk World is climate positive throughout its life. This means it offsets more CO2 emissions it causes. This is through the interplay of various structural considerations and construction techniques. Solid living room elements are made of spruce wood. One of the properties of this building material is that it naturally binds CO2. In addition, bk World Qubes feature a durable insulation material that is not only environmentally friendly, but also has properties that positively impact bk World’s carbon footprint: Qubes are designed to withstand all weather situation. From the sweltering southern heat Europe extreme cold in the north – all visitors to bk World will experience the same climate. Many electricity consumers in each bk World derive their electricity from the on-site photovoltaic system installed on the roofs of the Qubes.
The future is electric
“To succeed in the mobility revolution, we need innovative concepts like bk World. And committed players who do not wait for government initiatives but act themselves. I am already looking forward to discovering the Qubes more and more more charging parks soon,” praised Wolfgang Bosbachformer member of the German Bundestag, during the opening at Endsee.
“My partnership with bk World is primarily based on shared values. Sustainability is just as important to me in the food business as it is to bk World in overall trade fair design. already a global concept around the theme of healthy eating”, Marcel Jansenpromised the former national footballer.
The bk World at Endsee is now open and ready to welcome all visitors to the Tesla Charging Park. But this first location is just the start: over the next five years, bk World Holding GmbH plans to open 300 locations across Europe. bk World is coming soon to charging parks run by leading charging station operators and energy providers – benefiting customers, retailers and the environment.
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