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Circle K Loves Norway - We're Ready!

LAVAL, QC, Feb. 7, 2021 // PRNewswire // - Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. ("Couche-Tard" or the "Company") and its global brand, Circle K, make it official: "Yes, Will Ferrell - Circle K loves Norway and we're ready!" By being number one for EV charging offers in Norway - home to its premier global electric vehicle laboratory - Circle K is ready for the future today with EV charging solutions!

Leading up to Superbowl Sunday in the United States, General Motors launched an electrical vehicle (EV) campaign where comedian Will Ferrell attacks Norway for being ahead on EVs. Circle K responded with its own campaign "We're ready" where Norsemen-actress Silje Torp Færavaag and its own employees play leading roles.

We're ready!

Circle K leads the way in Norway for EV charging and has more charging stations and home and office charging solutions than any other fuel retailer in Norway. For the last three years, Norway has been home to the company's global EV lab, where a dedicated team is learning all it can about electric vehicle charging and building a more sustainable future.  Starting this year, Circle K is bringing that know-how to North America, and plans to be ready and waiting as more EV customers hit the roads, making their customers' lives a little easier every day.

Brian Hannasch, President and CEO:  "We are very pleased to have started our journey in Norway, where Circle K is the number one destination for EV customers. We are meeting those customers at our stores and in their homes and offices, creating a total solution for their charging needs.  With our great team, growing expertise, and progressive locations in Norway, we have learned so much in the last few years,  and we are excited to bring that knowledge and solutions to our global network, including North America, over the coming months and years."

Hans-Olav Høidahl, EVP Operations Europe: "At our EV lab in Norway, our dedicated teams have gained years of experience in the most mature market for electric vehicles. We always want to offer our customers the best possible experience, and Norway provides us the perfect testing conditions for first generation EV technology including chargers, vehicles, and payment methods. I'm proud that Norwegians see Circle K as the leading destination for EV charging, and I look forward to expanding our network of high-speed chargers and home charging solutions outside Norway over the coming months and years."

Currently, Circle K operates a high-speed charging network with more than 500 chargers on its forecourts in Norway. The chargers are a combination of company-owned high-speed EV chargers and partner charging offers with Tesla and Ionity. At its busiest Norwegian Circle K highway locations, the sites are equipped with 20-40 high-speed chargers. In downtown Oslo, Circle K was the first to begin replacing fuel pumps with high-speed chargers. Circle K has also expanded its offer with over 4,200 home and workplace charge points.

As the premier EV charging provider in Norway, the company is ready to bring its capacity and knowledge to North America and other parts of its global network to further its journey toward a more sustainable future. In the coming months, the company will start to roll-out electric vehicle charging solutions at North America locations, beginning in its Quebec and California markets, with a combination of Circle K branded chargers and partner charging solutions.  We're ready!

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SOURCE Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.



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