EVBox, the Dutch charging infrastructure specialist belonging to the energy group Engie, has signed the lease for its first North American headquarters and production facility in the US state of Illinois. It is located in Libertyville, 65 kilometres north of Chicago.
The facility will occupy almost 5,600 square metres of the campus in Libertyville Innovation Park. At this new location, EVBox will be able to produce around 200 DC charging stations per week in the initial phase starting this summer. According to an accompanying press release, it is expected that 80 to 120 jobs are to be created at the beginning.
EVBox already has branches in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Thanks to the central location of the new headquarters, the Dutch company says it wants to “get closer to American customers”. CEO Kristof Vereenooghe is confident that his company can make a significant contribution to the eMobility market in North America thanks to more than 10 years of experience. “With a factory in Illinois, we are helping to strengthen local production and employment,” he added.
EVBox has been interested in the North American market for some time. As early as 2018, the company launched a roaming cooperation with ChargePoint. Since then, users of both providers’ networks have found it easy to reach ChargePoint in Europe and North America. But these are probably only rare exceptions.
According to EVBox, over the years EVBox has set up over 100,000 charging points in more than 55 countries. The increasing demand has recently prompted the Dutch company to start an additional production of DC charging stations in Bordeaux. “Our industry is growing rapidly and we expect a massive increase in demand for charging solutions for electric cars, especially from 2020 onwards,” said Vereenooghe at the opening ceremony in November. As far as the company’s innovative strength is concerned, visitors to the recent CES in Las Vegas were able to see the charging infrastructure provider’s new products for themselves.