Easelink, the Austrian developer of the Matrix Charging automated conductive charging solution, has raised €8.3 million in its Series A funding round, led by SET Ventures, but from an eMobility perspective, the investments from EnBW and Wien Energie stand out.
BMW has invested in Munich-based charging infrastructure startup HeyCharge through its venture capital arm BMW i Ventures. The startup raised a total of $4.7 million for its seed funding, with BMW i Ventures as lead investor.
A total of 50,901 publicly accessible charging points for electric vehicles were registered with the Federal Network Agency as of 1 December 2021, which is around 11,600 more charging points than in the same month last year.
Tesla has raised prices at its German Superchargers from 40 cents to 45 cents per kilowatt hour, and prices for using Tesla's fast-charging stations have also risen in other countries.
Bucharest-based energy company OMV Petrom is expanding its charging network in Southeastern Europe. The oil company plans to install a total of around 100 fast and ultra-fast charging stations at its service stations in Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Serbia by the end of 2022.
Japanese carmaker Nissan will significantly expand the charging infrastructure at its dealerships in Europe through two collaborations. Allego will install DC chargers at Nissan dealerships in 16 countries for this purpose, but Nissan sales companies in Germany and the UK are going their own ways.
US-based AlphaStruxure, a joint venture between The Carlyle Group and Schneider Electric, has appointed The Mobility House as its technology partner. Using the Munich-based company's charging and energy management system, AlphaStruxure aims to integrate electric bus, truck and car fleets into site and distribution networks.
Chinese electric car maker Nio and petroleum company Shell have formed a strategic partnership to collaborate on charging and battery swap facilities in China and Europe.
Allego is to install more than 2,000 fast charging points for e-cars with power ratings between 75 and 300 kW at more than 200 locations in France by 2023 for French retailer Carrefour. In addition to building the network, Allego will also be responsible for its operation and maintenance over a twelve-year period.
EnBW now offers the AutoCharge function in its HyperNetz, which eliminates the need to start the charging process via app or charging card. However, the function, which has already been offered by Fastned for some time, should not be confused with Plug&Charge.
Ionity is receiving a €700 million investment from its current shareholders and new partner Blackrocks Global Renewable Power Platform, which will be used to massively expand its HPC network in Europe - to around 1,000 sites by 2025.
Cupra has unveiled the Cupra Easy Charging app, which is analogous to the familiar charging services offered by VW brands, Cupra offers special conditions for public charging, especially to first Born customers.
Hubject has announced the launch of the Open Plug&Charge Testing System, which allows market participants to access a neutral testing environment to discover more features of Plug&Charge without any commercial obligation.