PowerGo, a subsidiary of the Dutch solar company Powerfield, cooperates with the charging platform Spirii to build a large charging network for electric cars in Europe. They plan to install 15,000 charging points in at least seven designated countries within the next two years.
More than half of the chargers will be capable of delivering high power charging at 150 to 300 kilowatts. In the press release, Spirii directly refers to Ionity and its investors Blackrock, who announced building 7,000 fast-charging stations by 2025. However, “they now face competition,” Spirii said, as they will set up 8,000 high power charging stations in just two years – if all goes to plan.
“PowerGo aspires to become one of the largest charge point operators in Europe within the next years,” added Jean-Louis Bertholet, CEO of PowerField.
Sharing the workload, PowerGo will build and operate the network using the Spirii platform for access, roaming and payment solutions.
Powergo and Spirii also announced they would come first to the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Spain, the United Kingdom, France and Scandinavia.
The hunt for sites, as they call it, has commenced focusing on charging hubs, retail, fleet and parking facilities. This is different from Ionity, which focuses on service stations along motorways.
The new players
As a subsidiary PowerField, PowerGo guarantees that the electricity will be 100% solar energy from PowerField’s solar parks.
For Spirii, the partnership was “another huge milestone,” said Tore Harritshøj, CEO of Spirii. Founded in 2019, the young company’s strategy first focused on Denmark, offering an open charging platform for other large companies, such as FDM, Sustain, Aura Energi and City og Havn.
Spirii in May last year had also agreed to work with Nuvve to deploy vehicle-grid integration (VGI) technology in Denmark and eventually other countries in the Nordic and Northern European regions.
However, the PowerGo partnership is the first time the Danes are truly looking beyond Denmark. Spirii considers the contract with PowerGo “a good example of the huge market potential that lies outside Denmark, a potential that is in fact quite unmatched in Denmark.” CEO Harritshøj added, “We are looking into a huge growth adventure within the next few months.”
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