E.ON Drive to build chargers for VinFast
E.ON Drive has been commissioned by VinFast to build charging points at its sites in Germany, France and the Netherlands. As part of the cooperation, the E.ON subsidiary will cover the entire scope of the project, from planning and installation to the operation of the charging points.
The charging points include AC and DC charging points with around 200 charging points planned in the first phase. How these are to be distributed among the three countries, the AC stations and the 150 kW chargers is not clear from the announcement.
The charging points are to be installed at the service centres and sales locations. These are to be “charging points for service operations and for publicly accessible charging”. It is therefore possible that not all charging points will be freely accessible, but that some will be reserved for internal operation. Again, a distribution from public to private charging points is not known.
The first 13 VinFast sales locations have already opened and are located in Paris, Cologne, Berlin, Frankfurt, Munich, Oberhausen, Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam. Further European service and sales locations are to follow in 2023. In January 2023, the first VinFast charging points were installed in the Netherlands by E.ON Drive subsidiary Vandebron.
Ho Thanh Huong, Managing Director of VinFast Europe says: “Understanding the importance of charging to electric vehicle users, we are delighted to cooperate with leading utilities companies like E.ON Drive to electrify VinFasts retail network as well as to develop a comprehensive charging solution for European customers.”
“We look forward to supporting VinFast as a promising player in the fast-growing EV market as it enters and builds up in Europe. With the E.ON Drive charging solutions, we are making it radically simple for customers to drive and charge, starting from the first point of contact at VinFast locations,” said Mathias Wiecher, CCO of E.ON Drive.