Volvo and the utility Vattenfall have launched a joint offer for electric car charging in Sweden. All customers that have opted for a Volvo PHEV and have a house in Sweden may order the ‘InCharge Smart Home’ directly via the ‘Min Volvo’ website.
In a press release, Vattenfall reenforces its claim of wanting to become a “leading electric vehicle charging infrastructure operator in collaboration with partners” and Volvo has just become one of them.
From today Vattenfall and Volvo will offer all Volvo’s plug-in hybrid customers in Sweden the charging solution InCharge Smart Home.
Says Kristian Elvefors, Managing Director of Volvo Car Sverige: “Our strategy going forward is to focus aggressively on electrified cars. A functioning infrastructure for charging is therefore needed both in the community and where our customers live. Our joint offer enables us to provide this for them.”
Susanna Hurtig, Head of Vattenfall E-Mobility Nordic agrees with her counterpart when saying: “For us this is a natural continuation of the previous collaboration we have had with Volvo. With electric cars, the gas station is moving home and thus setting new requirements for both car manufacturers and operators to offer a smart and safe charging solution.”
In Sweden with its many home owners, 90 percent of charging takes places at home or the workplace according to Vattenfall. Still they also operate the public charging network InCharge, which consists of 570 public charging stations in Sweden and over 4,000 in Northwest Europe.
Vattenfall just recently announced their plans to set up a charging network in Europe and has founded a dedicated business entity (we reported). The Volvo cooperation is thus only a first steps with Vattenfall eyeing expansion into Norway, France, and the UK as well.
Vattenfall is also an investor in the Northvolt factory for battery cells in Sweden, and has been specialising in stationary battery technology as well as EV batteries for some time. Furthermore, the company announced to replace their entire company fleet of about 3,500 vehicles with EVs or hybrids by 2022.