Volkswagen: Access to charge points via Elli doubles
Volkswagen AG and its energy brand Elli have announced a milestone – Elli now claims to operate 400,000 charge points in partnership with over 800 providers in 27 countries. Over the past 18 months, the network has doubled in size.
Helping Elli to add these 200,000 additional charge points were new and existing partnerships the company relies on to grow the networks which Elli subscribers may access.
Most recently, the Volkswagen Group company added about 24,000 Vattenfall stations in Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden, along with 1,000 high-power charging points operated by Fastned in the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Belgium, France and Switzerland. The companies joined existing energy suppliers such as Enel and Iberdrola, the petroleum group BP and the HPC joint venture Ionity in making their charge points available to Elli users.
“The key to everyday electric mobility is easy charging without any range anxiety,” said Elke Temme, the CEO of Elli and Senior VP of Charging & Energy at Volkswagen AG. “We now offer the largest ecosystem for drivers of electric vehicles in Europe,” she said before adding they were “continuing to press full speed ahead” to expand the charging network.
This also includes the network in the UK, where, A few months earlier, Elli added 6,800 charging stations managed by BP Pulse.
Elli considers itself a mobility service provider to drivers of electric vehicles made by all manufacturers. Naturally, most Elli customers come from Volkswagen and the Group brands such as Seat or Skoda Auto. Even Audi, which has its charging service initially developed with DCS by BMW, Mercedes and BP, will be integrated into the Elli portfolio next year, so the company. Elli has reportedly also integrated the loyalty points system developed by Porsche spin-off &Charge this year.
Volkswagen Group founded Elli in 2019. Its 250 staff now work to provide charging solutions for private customers and companies, including (white label) wall boxes and the mobile charging station Flexpole to charging services and green-power rates. For public charging, the company launched an app and map and offers three rates with tariffs reflecting the requirements of drivers who need to charge their vehicles rarely, frequently or quickly. Elli sets an operator-independent fixed price per kilowatt hour except for Ionity. All but the ‘Drive Free’ tariff incur a monthly fee plus usage.