The electrification of the transport sector is well on its way and Scandinavia’s leading electric mobility operator (EMO) CLEVER is ready to step on the accelerator in 2016, amongst others by focusing on expanding CLEVER’s business to new European markets. At the same time CLEVER wants to make it even easier to drive an electric vehicle by speeding up their fast charging stations by preparing to triple the charging speed from 50 kW to the fastest on the market - 150 kW - already to be put up in 2017. And this is not all - the EV drivers can also look forward to a significant expansion of CLEVERs existing charging network in both Denmark and Sweden this year.
In 2015 CLEVER has expanded their charging network by more than 200 fast charging stations, which means that CLEVER's customers now have access to more than 750 charging points in Denmark, Sweden and Germany. And CLEVER has even greater expectations for the future.
”When you look at the world, the message from the car brands is clear. They are all introducing exciting new EVs and plug-in hybrids, and they all agree that the car of the future is electric. That means that there’s a big demand for the fast charging solutions – also a cross-border demand. This is why CLEVER’s plans for the future are not only focused on the home-market but also on the rest of Europe. Initially our neighboring countries” states Casper Kirketerp-Møller, CEO at CLEVER.
Leading EMO in the North
In 2015 CLEVER also established an office in Sweden, that delivers a complete charging solution for EVs and at the same time CLEVER is in the process of establishing a nationwide infrastructure of fast charging stations for EVs in Sweden similar to the one already established in Denmark. More than 100 fast charging stations has already been put up in Sweden in just eight months, and the expansion of the charging network continues. CLEVER is even present in Northern Germany where the EMO recently put up four fast charging stations.
CLEVER’s goal is to make it easy to drive an EV. The rollout of CLEVER’s charging network of fast charging stations in the North makes it possible for people, who drive EVs, to drive from Oslo to Stockholm, from Stockholm to Copenhagen, and from Copenhagen to Hamburg using a charging card from CLEVER without having to worry about different payment systems and different chargers, when they cross the borders in their EVs.
CLEVER’s customers are to gain access to two new fast chargers a week
The big focus on new markets doesn’t mean that CLEVER are going to neglect neither Denmark nor Sweden. CLEVER’s customers can look forward to the charging network getting expanded with two new fast charging stations a week in average in 2016. Amongst their other activities CLEVER are going to put up 120 22 kW fast charging stations in 2016 and 2017. The fast charging stations will be put up in the area around Copenhagen and in Southern Sweden, and they can charge two EVs at a time, which means that CLEVER’s customers will be getting access to 240 new fast charging points. All of the new fast charging stations will be put up in connection with traffic hubs, such as train stations, which will make it easier to combine the EV with public transportation or to commute in between Denmark and Sweden.
The fastest chargers on the market is underway – from 50 kW to 150 kW
CLEVER is behind the biggest and fastest charging network in the North. Today CLEVER’s fast charging stations are charging the EVs with 50 kW, but in just a couple of years the new EVs will be able to charge with 150 kW, which is why CLEVER is already preparing charging stations with 150 kW from next year, and the new fast chargers are prepared to be able to charge with 300 kW as well. The charging technology and the EVs, that will be able to charge at this power, are still being developed, and CLEVER is cooperating with the leading hardware- and carmakers about the products, that are going to power the cars and fast chargers of the future in a way that makes these products future-proof and ready for even bigger batteries and faster charging.
”Increasing battery size in the cars will demand increasing speed of charging, and in CLEVER we still believe that the minimum charging in the cities will be at 22 kW and 50 kW supported by 150-300 kW charging cross-cities. CLEVER’s future 150 kW fast charging stations will primarily be placed near the motorways which means, that CLEVER are ready to charge the cars, when the carmakers launch cars, that are able to charge at 150 kW. The new 150 kW fast chargers are going to be crucial to break down some of the most important barriers for the transition to EVs – range and charging speed. Hereby the electrification of the transportation is truly within reach, says Casper Kirketerp-Møller, CEO at CLEVER.
CLEVER is a Danish company and the leading electric mobility operator in Scandinavia. We facilitate charging of all EVs on the market by installation of EV chargers at home and at the work place.
CLEVER has a nationwide fast charging network with more than 500 charging points in Denmark ( 22kW, 43 kW, and 50 kW (both Type 2, CCS, and CHAdeMO standard) which is compatible with all modern EVs on the market, and CLEVER is in the process of creating a similar charging network in Sweden.