Charge4Europe: 100,000 charging points by 2020
The Charge4Europe joint venture, founded by RWE subsidiary Innogy and mobility service provider DKV Euro Service, is launching its operations. The young company will be supported by Hubject in setting up a pan-European, brand-independent roaming network of 100,000 charging points.
A corresponding cooperation agreement was recently signed by Charge4Europe and Hubject. “This agreement allows us to speed up the development of one of the largest brand-independent charging networks to help us reach our ambitious targets,” says Suthalan Gnanes, Supplier Management Charge4Europe. Hubject CEO Christian Hahn welcomed the “new ambitious partner in electric mobility” and the plan to “set up an open and common marketplace for electric mobility “.
With this cooperation, Charge4Europe has almost fulfilled its goals in one fell swoop. Hubject operates the Intercharge charging network, through which, according to the company, more than 140,000 charging stations are already in operation today, not only in Europe but across the globe. Hubject is a Berlin joint venture founded in 2012 by BMW, Bosch, Daimler, EnBW, Innogy, Siemens and Volkswagen with the aim of creating a user-friendly and reliable interoperability solution. In other words, plans very similar to those pursued by Charge4Europe.
Charge4Europe was founded at the end of 2018 and both partners retain a 50 per cent stake in the joint venture. The aim is to establish a pan-European roaming network of public charging points for electric fleets and to offer this to B2B customers. This is an important point for the use of the Charge4Europe network: “Charge4Europe has no direct contact to end customers, the company enables access to a brand-independent charging network”, explained an Innogy spokesperson at electrive’s request. “DKV and Innogy can make this available to third parties as a service or white label product. Accordingly, the pricing structure of the mobility products of DKV and Innogy applies.
DKV Euro Service has also entered into a sales cooperation with Innogy. In this way, the service provider’s customers can also purchase the energy company’s wall boxes for charging at home or at work.