ubitricity closes new 20 million round with Honda as new partner

13. March 2019

Berlin | Munich | Paris | Tokyo — ubitri­city Gesell­schaft für verteilte Ener­gie­sys­teme mbH recei­ves €20 million in a new finan­cing round that will enable the company to acce­le­rate growth and further deve­lop its mobile mete­ring tech­no­logy. The invest­ment was made by exis­ting share­hol­ders EDF and Next47 (Siemens’ venture capi­tal subsi­diary) and by Honda Motor Company as a new partner.

ubitri­city has deve­lo­ped a unique smart char­ging and billing solu­tion for smart AC char­ging of electric vehi­cles in public and private spaces. With mobile mete­ring tech­no­logy, muni­ci­pa­li­ties, property owners, fleet and fuel card opera­tors, and end users can bene­fit from signi­fi­cantly lower char­ging infra­st­ruc­ture costs as well as free choice of energy provi­der and kilo­­watt-hour accu­rate billing.

The new funding is inten­ded to acce­le­rate the expan­sion of char­ging infra­st­ruc­ture, parti­cu­larly lantern char­ging points and char­ging points in real estate deve­lo­p­ments in the UK, Germany, France and the US. In paral­lel, the tech­no­logy will be further deve­lo­ped for the mass market expec­ted from 2020 and the condi­ti­ons for services across the entire spec­trum of V1G and V2G will be created.

“With Honda Motors, we have anot­her strong part­ner on board who shares our vision of a smart electric vehi­cle that brings the necessary tech­no­logy for char­ging and char­ging clean electri­city and for smart char­ging services,” says Dr. Frank Pawlit­schek, CEO and Co-Foun­­­der of ubitri­city.

The company has made signi­fi­cant progress in deve­lo­ping its mobile mete­ring tech­no­logy, market presence and market access, e.g. in London. In addi­tion, ubitri­city is driving forward the instal­la­tion of char­ging stati­ons in cities as part of the German “Immediate Clean Air Program”, with more than 3,000 char­ging points to be instal­led in Berlin, Hamburg and Dort­mund. Success in the highly compe­ti­tive NYCx Climate Action Chal­lenge, which is expec­ted to lead to a pilot project in New York, has further confir­med the global inte­rest in the company’s products and tech­no­lo­gies. “We are now putting char­ging points right at people’s door­steps — where milli­ons of Euro­peans park their vehi­cles today, and at a time when more and more electric vehi­cles are being sold,” says Knut Hecht­fi­scher, co-foun­­­der of ubitricity.

The new capi­tal and the share incre­ase by EDF and Siemens again empha­size the impor­t­ance of ubitri­city as a key pillar in the elec­tro­mo­bi­lity stra­te­gies of both companies.

Last Octo­ber, the EDF Group unvei­led its electric mobi­lity plan to become the leading energy company in its four largest Euro­pean markets: France, the UK, Italy and Belgium.

In addi­tion, Citelum (100% subsi­diary of the EDF Group) and ubitri­city are working toge­ther to inte­grate ubitricity’s inno­va­tive solu­tion into Citelum’s “Smart City” product line.

About ubitri­city — Gesell­schaft für verteilte Ener­gie­sys­teme mbH
Afford­a­ble smart char­ging infra­st­ruc­ture for electric cars where­ver they are parked for longer peri­ods of time was the goal of Knut Hecht­fi­scher and Dr. Frank Pawlit­schek when they foun­ded ubitri­city in 2008. Today, the company is one of the leading provi­ders of intel­li­gent solu­ti­ons for char­ging and billing electric cars. ubitri­city combi­nes tech­ni­cal know-how, such as the deve­lo­p­ment of the mobile electri­city meter, with the possi­bi­li­ties of digi­ta­liz­a­tion. The result is tech­ni­cally simpli­fied and thus less expen­sive char­ging points that enable the nati­on­wide expan­sion of the char­ging infra­st­ruc­ture. This approach solves the chal­lenge of vehi­cle-speci­­fic billing. In the future, the mobile electri­city meter will also enable the grid inte­gra­tion of e‑vehicles as address­able mobile storage devices. Electric cars become mana­ge­able as part of a distri­bu­ted and mobile storage network and can thus make a signi­fi­cant contri­bu­tion to the energy tran­si­tion.

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