Vattenfall is making its first move into the British EV charging market with the launch of InCharge
Vattenfall, the Swedish energy group, is to make an ambitious first move into the British electric vehicle charging market in June 2018 with the launch of InCharge, its “any-driver-can-use” infrastructure concept. Building on its EV lead in north western Europe, Vattenfall hopes to have its first, or partners’ first, charging poles installed during the second half of 2018. Vattenfall is also targeting the domestic market, allowing drivers to charge easily at home, at work and in public.
Vattenfall will allow any EV to charge at any Vattenfall InCharge charging point on a pay-as-you-go basis. Vattenfall will also promote roaming agreements with other charge point operators or driver service providers, unusual in the UK but increasingly common in northern Europe.
Head of Vattenfall e-mobility Tomas Björnsson said that the combination of Vattenfall’s investment plans and smart solutions for home, office and destination charging will boost confidence in the young British EV market, increase competition, help tackle drivers’ range anxiety, support clean air zones in Britain’s cities and ultimately bring down costs to British drivers. He went on to say that a more open network is a ‘must’ if the UK’s EV potential is to be realised.
Vattenfall added that initially it will do this by partnering with commercial developers, real-estate companies, industries, fleet owners and public bodies, such as local authorities to install charging poles around Great Britain. Vattenfall will launch its GB InCharge product in June 2018. It is currently building an e-mobility team in GB and a country director will join later in July 2018. The InCharge charging network was launched in Sweden in November 2016. It is developed together with cities, businesses, municipalities and local power companies.