Norwegian infrastructure startup Wattif EV sets foundation to influence UK electric vehicle (EV) charging network

Having recently installed its first UK charging points and secured a €50 million investment, Norwegian electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure start-up Wattif EV has set out its plans to play a leading role in the UK network for destination chargers by 2030.

In establishing destination charge points where people park, rather than forcing electric vehicle drivers to park where they can charge, Wattif EV seeks to accelerate the electrification of the UK parking network by providing hassle-free access to charging infrastructure. 

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Simultaneously, Wattif EV provides the car park landlords or owners with the choice of several models whereby they can benefit from a share of net revenue, whilst rolling out a wider geographical range of ‘fast’ charge points which are cheaper to install and use than the traditional and more expensive, rapid charging options. Wattif EV is unique in offering a genuine win-win for those hosting the charging network and those car drivers using it.

This comes at a time when electric vehicle infrastructure is much needed in the UK with the growing number of electric vehicles on the road. This will help with the number of chargers required to keep pace with this. Earlier this week, we reported the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) announced that battery electric vehicle registrations in the UK in January rose 19.8% to reach 17,294 units, accounting for 13.1% of all new registrations. The SMMT also noted the need for a massive rollout of infrastructure that’s needed because currently, the number of chargers in the UK is failing to keep pace with the growing number of electric vehicles. 

First UK Wattif EV charge points

In late-2022, Wattif EV UK switched on its first UK charge points in Cambridge. It’s about to switch on more just outside Leeds, with Scotland next in its plan. Further to these early-adopted locations, Wattif EV is in discussion to expand exponentially with contract negotiations underway that could deliver thousands of Wattif EV-managed stations in the next 18 months.

Wattif EV technology partner secures new Silicon Valley investment

AMPECO, a technology provider to Wattif EV, has raised a $16 million in venture capital investment, having closed a Series A funding round of $13m in late-January 2023. The Series A round was led by BMW i Ventures, a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm with a background in investments in transportation, manufacturing, supply chain, and sustainability. AMPECO’s investment provides long-term and sustainable service provision for Wattif EV’s charging network as it looks to strengthen its position in the UK market.

Wattif EV UK celebrates €50m investment 

Wattif EV UK’s management team, including managing director Stephen Rees, and Global vice president of marketing, Janis Prescott, celebrated Wattif EV’s €50 million investment at the company’s recent European Management Conference hosted by CEO, Robert Svendsen in Norway.  

Marguerite, one of Europe’s most active investment fund managers in sustainable infrastructure projects, confirmed the investment in late-2022. Just two years after being formed in Norway, the agreement represents further investment in Wattif EV, underlining the company’s growth potential as it targets plans to become one of Europe’s and the UK’s leading providers of EV destination chargers.

Robert Svendsen, Wattif EV CEO, said: “Significant European investments into our own business shows that UK expansion is built on solid foundations and becomes an integral part of our plans to establish a leading European wide network of EV destination chargers.

“To hit the UK’s 2030 EV targets there needs to be strong support from business, local authorities and Government to establish a coordinated strategy delivering electric vehicles, infrastructure and EV battery supply. Actions speak louder than words and I believe business must lead this charge given all the pressures on the UK Government right now. Our strong end to 2022 and start to 2023 shows that Wattif EV is ideally placed to be a critical path to that ambition.

“Our Norwegian-based expertise and focus on what’s best for the owner of EVs and EV chargers to fit charging into their daily lives are key. Charging en-route at service stations is not viable long-term – charging without thinking, planning or worrying, at home and destination, is key to driving growth of EV sales.”

Wattif EV

Wattif recognises the predicted exponential increase in demand for, and a shortage of, EV charging points across the globe and provides a solution with multiple finance, operational, maintenance and profitability options. From businesses to local authorities and land-owners, Wattif EV has an EV charging solution to suit all your needs.

Wattif EV is an end-to-end provider and a key enabler in the global shift to emobility. It is a Norwegian-founded company with a global market arena. Being Nordic, it has the insight and experience of a trailblazing country, ahead of the curve, where 90% of new car sales are electric.

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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