Leap24 to build 240 HPC stations for trucks and vans
Dutch startup Leap24 has reportedly raised capital of around 4.25 million euros in its first year. The company plans to use the funds to build 240 fast-charging stations at 40 locations in the Netherlands by the end of the year, which will also be suitable for electric trucks. Further expansion is planned throughout northwestern Europe.
The funding round was managed by Waardemakers, with the largest investor being Yard Energy Investments. The focus in the development of the sites will be on business traffic, according to the news site ttm.nl, among others. The stations are designed for vans and trucks. The stations are to be built with plenty of space for larger vehicles in easily accessible locations. The first of these are expected to open as early as the second quarter of 2022.
In the Netherlands, the company believes that in 2025, some 20 large Dutch cities will be introducing a zero-emission urban distribution zone. This means that corporate and commercial vehicle operators will need to have locations to quickly charge their vehicles. Here, Leap24 aims to help speed up the process by first equipping the zero-emission zones with fast chargers.
Leap24 launched in 2021 and is led by founders Pelle Schlichting and Ferry Bosgra. Schlichting said the investments will help the company realise its charging network more quickly. He says that with the financial resources made available, it is now possible for the company to establish several sites in northwestern Europe. The company says the locations in Northwestern Europe will each operate with at least six fast-charging parking spaces.