Daimler Invests In ChargePoint For Expansion Into Europe

6 months ago by Mark Kane 4

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ChargePoint has raised $82 million to support the expansion of the company’s charging network into Europe. The latest investment round was led by Daimler, but existing investors (BMW i Ventures, Linse Capital, Rho Capital Partners, and Braemar Energy Ventures) also participated. Since its founding, ChargePoint has raised $255 million.

According to a press release, $82 million in funding is part of a larger multi-million dollar fundraise so we should expect more investments as Europe is gearing for next-generation fast charging network (150-350 kW).

ChargePoint currently has more than 33,000 charging points, including more than 450 DC fast chargers. From the PR:

“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.

daimler ev at chargepoint station

Daimler invests in ChargePoint: Intelligent charging solutions to promote breakthrough in electric mobility

“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.”

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4 responses to "Daimler Invests In ChargePoint For Expansion Into Europe"

  1. Another (Euro) industrial point of view says:

    Such investment now seems to indicate that Daimler is serious about delivering their EV’s more or less when they said they would (2019-2020 if I remember well).

  2. a-kindred-soul says:

    ChargePoint already has a small network in Europe. Many of their chargers shown on their website https://www.chargepoint.eu/index.php/device/devicelocation.html are out of order.

    1. Joe says:

      They’ve one 3 pin plug socket in the whole of the UK. LOL!

  3. Ocean Railroader says:

    What I’ve been noticing is that there are tons of stories of X,Y and Z companies poring hundreds of millions dollars into electric car charging stations.

    But on plug share you only see two to three of them pop up every few weeks on the map.