New European charging network takes shape
Charge4Europe, the joint venture between German energy company Innogy and road services businesses Euro Services, has launched its drive to install 100,00 charge points by 2020.
The venture is aiming to build a European charge network, free of branding, that is available to customers and shareholders of both partners.
In July, the joint venture signed a deal with Hubject, which offers an international digital B2B marketplace for EV chargers. The network already boasts nearly 140,000 charge points across three continents, numbers that will be boosted by Charge4Europe’s involvement.
In 2018, innogy was involved in a similar process with Italian energy group Building Energy to help it build out a portfolio of EV charging stations.
Building Energy’s EV infrastructure subsidiary Be Charge is currently in the middle of installing thousands of EV charging points across Italy, a process that is expected to last until the end of 2020.
Using Innogy’s technology, Be Charge is currently in the process of developing 100 fast charging stations in shopping centres, car parks, streets and other public spaces in a number of Italian cities.
The utility has already built up an interconnected charging network via partnership with over 160 local municipal utilities.