Leading industry players in the EV charging infrastructure sector have come together to form a new alliance that will support the roll out of consumer-centric EV policies in Europe.
EVBox Group, Allego, and ChargePoint—who together have more than 150,000 charging points in their networks across the EU—announced the launch of ChargeUp Europe during the REVOLUTION Digital online event, and called on other like-minded companies in the EV industry to join the cause.
The purpose of ChargeUp Europe is to enable a swift and efficient roll out of EV charging infrastructure in Europe. The alliance will work on realizing EU policies that support investment in charging infrastructure, help to remove market barriers, facilitate the smooth uptake of EVs, and create a seamless experience for EV drivers.
ChargeUp Europe forms at a time when demand for EVs is rising sharply, and the EU has set its sights on achieving, through the Green Deal, carbon neutrality by 2050—it is predicted that 44 million electric vehicles will be on European roads by 2030. To ensure that infrastructure development keeps pace with the growing uptake of EVs and can help with the shift to electric transportation, ChargeUp Europe will work toward establishing the right market conditions for incentivizing investment—while delivering a consumer-centric, open market model for EV charging infrastructure in Europe.
ChargeUp Europe has been established by the three founding members EVBox Group, Allego and ChargePoint, and is already in the process of welcoming new members.
ChargeUp Europe has scheduled its launch event for the summer in Brussels. Given the current circumstances concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19), this is subject to change. To keep track of all developments, visit the website.
Quotes from the Founding members:
EVBox Group (EVBox and Everon)
“This is the first time that the entire EV charging infrastructure sector can speak with one clear voice. We need to speak out and defend the interests of EV drivers everywhere instead of letting others do the talking for us. ChargeUp Europe will work to present an assessment on what is needed to create an open market with a consumer-centric model for EV charging in Europe. The key will be to develop, deploy, and operate high quality charging infrastructure that serves the practical needs of EV drivers.”
“We launch in uncertain times, and of course, people’s minds are focused on COVID-19. But as we all look to play our part in managing this crisis, we feel it’s important that we also keep focused on tackling other great challenges such as climate change. ChargeUp Europe represents a unique opportunity for the sector to come together and speed up the development and roll out of charging infrastructure across Europe. We call on all other like-minded partners to join this initiative.”
Mathieu Bonnet (CEO of Allego)
“Against the backdrop of a highly relevant policy agenda, we believe it is the right time for a dedicated voice to represent the charging infrastructure sector in Europe. We are committed to working with EU decision-makers and stakeholders to identify the policies and investments needed to facilitate the greater number of electric vehicles expected to come onto the EU market. The move to electric is critical in reaching zero-net emissions and this alliance is dedicated to supporting EV infrastructure that positively impacts EV adoption.”
Christopher Burghardt (Managing Director for Europe of ChargePoint)