Sharing the ambition to establish Europe’s first ultra-fast charging network
A new strategic partnership between international energy company E.ON and Denmark based e-Mobility service provider CLEVER has been established with the ambition to roll out ultra-fast charging stations for electric vehicles (EVs) along main European motorway corridors. The two partners have considerable experience and expertise in building and operating EV infrastructure networks and related services in Northern Europe. The joint ambition of the partners is to now establish several hundred ultra-fast charging locations across Europe. The sites will be placed every 120-180 kilometers along motorways. E.ON and CLEVER invite more partners with the same ambitions to join this effort.
CLEVER and E.ON share the ambition to take a leading role in shaping tomorrow’s transportation system in Europe. The common vision is to establish Europe’s first ultra-fast charging backbone for electric car drivers, and the first ultra-fast charger will already be installed this year. The two partners are in dialogue with a number of other parties. The formation and timing of the partnership and the shared ambition is, however, also linked to the growing demand from motorists requesting seamless and sustainable transportation alternatives. This is combined with the promise by multiple car manufacturers to market numerous next generation electric cars with longer driving range within the next few years. The number of electric cars on European roads is set to grow dramatically over the coming years, as European countries increasingly mandate CO2 emission reductions in transportation, and as EV technology further evolves.
“We hope that our common ambition will lead to the first comprehensive ultra-fast charging infrastructure being established in Europe. A network of this magnitude not only requires solid funding and expertise, it would also be a game-changer for the growth of EV demand and a key blueprint for accelerating green and sustainable e-Mobility. This approach fits well with our strategy to make e-Mobility as convenient as possible for our customers. Partnering with CLEVER brings their longstanding on-the-ground experience and strengthens the innovative customer centric approach on e-Mobility,” says Frank Meyer, Senior Vice President B2C & Innovation at E.ON.
“The transition and mass market adoption of electric mobility requires long-range EVs and a reliable ultra-fast charging network across borders. The car manufacturers will soon start to deliver the EVs, and we will utilize our experience since 2009 in building, operating, and servicing Nordic EV drivers to offer the best customer journey and charging experience for long distance electric driving across Europe. Teaming up with E.ON, one of Europe´s largest energy companies, is an important step towards accomplishing our vision to accelerate tomorrow’s sustainable mobility,” says Casper Kirketerp-Møller, CEO at CLEVER.
The ambition is to create a unique and coherent pan-European ultra-charging network that is capable of accommodating the charging needs of both existing EVs and the next generations of long-distance EVs. Initially, the ultra-fast charging stations will offer 150 kilowatt (kW) of charging power with a modular upgrade option to 350 kW, following the technological development.
The intention is to connect several major European cities with ultra-fast charging services. The network is expected to become an important stepping stone for future European EV drivers who choose a greener means of transportation. The ultra-fast charging stations will initially enable charging of a full 400 kilometers range battery in only 20-30 minutes, and charging time will be further reduced as charging capacity is increased and vehicle technology also develops. The partners also plan to offer other related services to EV drivers.
Building new infrastructure is a large undertaking that requires large investments and access to the right locations. The two partners are therefore in dialogue with a number of e-Mobility players and other interested parties, inviting them to take part in the ambition to roll out Europe’s first ultra-fast charging network.
E.ON is one of Europe’s largest energy companies leading the transition towards the new energy world, including integrated products and solutions for e-Mobility. In Denmark, E.ON offers and operates 1,200 public charging points and 39 fast chargers, with 300,000 charging transactions in 2016. Based on customer data, E.ON continuously develops new services and pricing models for the markets of the future. E.ON has also started to build charging networks in Britain and Sweden, and also offers municipalities and individual customers a range of e-Mobility products such as charging systems and tailored pricing plans. The partnership with the platform E-Clearing.net offers drivers of electric vehicles a live-view of E.ON charging stations on their in-car navigation systems
The electric mobility service operator CLEVER has paved the way for tomorrow’s sustainable mobility since 2009 and has connected Northern European cities by deploying a coherent fast charging network in Denmark, Sweden and Northern Germany with an uptime of 99.4 percent. CLEVER is well known for its partnerships with different car manufacturers in developing and offering innovative customer-centric charging solutions, such as ‘CLEVER Unlimited’. CLEVER is constantly searching for new opportunities for development and partnerships with the goal of making it easy to drive electric. CLEVER was founded by SEAS-NVE and SE in 2009, and is today owned by major Scandinavian energy companies.This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on current assumptions and forecasts made by E.ON Group management and other information currently available to E.ON. Various known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors could lead to material differences between the actual future results, financial situation, development or performance of the company and the estimates given here. E.ON SE does not intend, and does not assume any liability whatsoever, to update these forward-looking statements or to conform them to future events or developments.