FreeWire Technologies, a leading provider of battery-integrated electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and energy management solutions, has announced the company’s continued international expansion of FreeWire’s European headquarters. The official ribbon cutting will take place on April 19. This location includes a Sales & Demonstration Center and will serve as a hub for the company’s European operations.
FreeWire’s European headquarters will be located in Banbury, Oxfordshire in the UK and will be home to the European team which will continue to grow throughout 2023. FreeWire joins a large number of other firms including Arrival, DPD, EAV, Electrogenic, Everrati, Oxbotica, Prodrive, Saietta, Williams Advanced Engineering, YASA, which have located in the county that is fast becoming the epicentre of the emobility space. It is also home to the EV SUMMIT, so FreeWire will be in good company.
FreeWire’s new office space allows room for our European operations to scale with demand. FreeWire plans to target the UK, Ireland and Benelux region, along with Spain and Italy, in 2023 before expanding to other markets.
James Jean-Louis, FreeWire European Head of Sales, said: “Our expansion in Europe is a milestone FreeWire has reached following a year of major growth. We have increased our headcount by 70 per cent and deployed Boost Chargers in five new countries just in the last 12 months.
“FreeWire is well-positioned to tap into the growing European market. We see a major opportunity to offer reliable, flexible, and cost-effective infrastructure that can be deployed quickly to support the rapid increase in demand for ultrafast EV charging in Europe.”
FreeWire has already deployed Boost Chargers in the European region in partnership with bp. In mid-February, FreeWire began its partnership with Bauwelinck, a regional car dealership. The first ultrafast battery-integrated charger of the partnership was installed at a dealership in Antwerp and will be open to the public in the coming weeks.
Johan Bauwelinck, CEO of Bauwelinck, said: “The installation of the Boost Charger itself was surprisingly simple and quick. Apart from the much shorter delivery time, the continuous low power consumption, in particular, was appreciated by the local power company.”
FreeWire began its partnership with AVIA in The Netherlands earlier this month. The first deployment will be installed at the AVIA Marees gas station in Wieringerwerf. In addition to FreeWire’s partnership with AVIA and Bauwelinck, the company has also begun a partnership with Otamar, a regional fuel station operator. The first installation was recently deployed in the Galicia region of Spain. The charger is located at a public fuelling station in Vigo and sits along a major highway connecting Spain to Portugal.
Maria Otamendi Busto, CEO of Otamar, said: “We are excited about this new commercial alliance with FreeWire, deploying for the first time in Spain and from a strategic location on the border with Portugal, a unique ultrafast recharging service that we have never seen before. It is versatile and highly scalable, which supports our expansion possibilities.”
FreeWire has recently added two employees to the European Sales Team led by European Head of Sales, James Jean-Louis. Olga Wieczerzycka serves as Regional Sales Manager for Spain and Italy, bringing experience from WallBox and EO Charging. Martin Walters recently joined the team as Business Development Manager for the UK and Ireland bringing experience from Tata Motors.