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Government to co-fund 350kW electric vehicle chargers

England’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure looks set for significant investment as the Department for Transport confirmed part-funding of grid connections for new high-powered chargers.

Its Rapid Charging Fund aims to have at least six high powered chargers serving each of England’s motorway service station by 2023.

According to current growth rates, those chargers will be needed: Western Power Distribution is anticipating a 16-fold increase in EVs on its networks within the next three years.

By 2035, the department claims the scheme will part-finance installation of as many as 6,000 rapid and ultra-rapid power points – between 150kW and 350kW beside motorways and major UK roads.

Foreshadowed in the March budget as part of Rishi Sunak’s £500 million investment in e-mobility infrastructure, the fund will focus on hard-to-connect sites, or where grid capacity is constrained.

To qualify, new public points must charge all EV brands, operate across providers’ different billing platforms, and deliver at least 99 per cent uptime, backed by 24/7 technical support.

Source: WPD EV strategy

EV chargepoint operators will welcome the announcement. Network upgrades required for high powered chargers can be expensive.

Western Power Distribution, charges up to £120,000 to connect a 130kW ‘super’ charger, or multiple 43kW rapid chargers. Installing 350kW chargers, as DfT intends to part finance, will cost significantly more.

Dispelling range anxiety

Management of Britain’s strategic roads is devolved to national governments. As of January 2020 England’s highways were already served by 809 open-access rapid or ultra-rapid powered chargers, excluding Tesla Superchargers. The DfT calculates that already no EV owner is more than 25 miles from an open-access charge point.

The DfT has not disclosed sums for the new fund, but made clear developers and site operators will be expected to meet at least part of installation costs. Its Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund, announced in 2017, has recently raised a further £80m from private backers, with fund manager Zouk Capital suggesting it is on track to hit £400m.

Now all the UK needs is cars that can take high powered charging.

More details of the DfT Rapid Charging Fund here.

Standardisation is key

The UK’s EV charging network is currently highly fragmented, lacking standardisation and interoperability. Addressing that challenge is a key priority highlighted by the Office for Low Emissions Vehicles-appointed EV Taskforce.

While the taskforce has urged cross-market data sharing and interoperability by 2025, some operators are actively working on commercial partnerships to enable better cross network roaming.

This week power retailer Octopus Energy launched Electric Juice, offering EV owners a single bill, presenting charges from multiple charging providers.

Meanwhile Engenie offers pay as you go functionality across its rapid charging network – and is also negotiating further commercial arrangements with energy suppliers and charging network operators.

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ChargePoint Raises $82 Million to Pave the Way for e-Mobility in Europe

Daimler leads funding round, underscores collective commitment to establishing the continent’s most comprehensive electric vehicle charging network ever developed

ChargePoint, the world’s largest electric vehicle (EV) charging network, today announced it has secured an initial $82 million in funding, part of a larger multi-million dollar fundraise, led by Daimler. The first close of the company’s latest fundraising round is the largest in the Silicon Valley company’s history. The investment will support the expansion of the company’s charging network into Europe, enabling the region to complete the shift to e-mobility.

Existing investors BMW i Ventures, Linse Capital, Rho Capital Partners, and Braemar Energy Ventures also participated in this latest fundraising round. To date, ChargePoint has raised more than $255 million, a testament to ChargePoint’s proven business model that underscores a collective commitment to electric mobility worldwide. As more types of vehicles become electrified, such as trucks and buses, this new funding will help ensure ChargePoint is ready.

“The automobile industry is at an inflection point, with more vehicles coming onto the market offering highly advanced electric powertrains than any other time in the world’s history,” said Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint. “The significant investment by our lead investor Daimler and others not only underscores a collective commitment to e-mobility around the world, but lays the groundwork for Europe’s most comprehensive charging network.”

ChargePoint already makes it easy for drivers in North America to charge an EV everywhere they go, with more than 33,000 charging ports where they can refuel. Thousands of drivers have selected ChargePoint to meet EV charging needs with more than 6,500 companies selecting the brand for their employees, customers, fleets and tenants. Now, ChargePoint is committed to bringing EV drivers in Europe the same level of convenience that makes the charging experience effortless.

ChargePoint also announced the appointment of Daimler AG executive Axel Harries to the company’s Board of Directors. Harries has a deep history with Daimler, serving in a number of management roles including Vice President of Quality and Director of Mercedes-Benz G GmbH, as well as on teams including Commercial Vehicles and e-Business. In his current role, Harries is responsible for shaping the newly established CASE-unit within Daimler (Connected, Autonomous, Sharing & Services, and Electric Drive), charged with developing technologies and innovations for next generation Mercedes-Benz vehicles, particularly the new electric product brand, EQ.

“While pursuing the systematic expansion of our CASE ecosystem based on our new product brand EQ, we also remain open and ready for partnerships and cooperation at the highest level. ChargePoint is a company of experts in the field of electric mobility charging solutions with a great deal of know-how in both hardware and software. Together we will be able to significantly expand the product portfolio in the area of intelligent charging solutions and provide the customer with an all-embracing premium offer for electric mobility,” he said.

ChargePoint is the only company that offers a charging solution for every part of an EV driver’s life—at home, at work, around town and on the road. This comprehensive product portfolio positions ChargePoint to offer the right innovation for each market in Europe and meet a variety of driver needs. Painstakingly engineered by EV charging experts, ChargePoint hardware and software solutions make it easy for drivers to charge and simple for station owners to manage with custom access controls, pricing and reporting tools, among other smart features. In addition to advancing e-mobility in the region with innovative technology, ChargePoint will build on its long history in North America of promoting EV-friendly policies through partnerships with policymakers, utilities and automakers in Europe.

More than 20 European countries already provide attractive incentives for purchasing EVs, which has helped make Europe the world’s second-largest EV market. As more EVs hit more European roads, the need for a comprehensive charging network is more important than ever. Currently, there are dozens of providers of EV charging hardware, software and driver networks in a fragmented market. They all work differently and often require drivers to sign up for separate accounts, which creates a confusing and cumbersome charging experience for EV drivers.

ChargePoint is committed to being the first company to introduce a complete charging solution that serves EV drivers in Europe everywhere they go. By collaborating with innovative companies like Daimler, one of the largest producers of premium vehicles and a world leader and pioneer in automotive electrification, ChargePoint will be able to lay the foundation for Europe’s most comprehensive and intelligent charging network.

Total planning EV charging points at its French stations – CEO

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French oil and gas giant Total is planning a network of electric vehicle charging points at its petrol stations across France, the company’s Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne said on Tuesday.

“We plan to do it. We are thinking of how to equip our stations with electric charging points,” Pouyanne told journalists at the sidelines of the SER renewable energy conference in Paris.

Pouyanne said the company was looking at installing the charging points mostly outside city centres and was talking to car makers such as PSA.

“Our plan consists of looking at how to create a charging point network around French highways to have charging points every 150 or 160 km (100 miles),” he said, adding that there was demand from clients.

“We are preparing the investment for it,” Pouyanne said, adding that Total is targeting about 300 petrol stations. (Reporting by Bate Felix; Editing by Geert De Clercq)

Source: Reuters