Vattenfall moves forward with Volvo EV charging deal

Two weeks after Sweden‘s utility Vattenfall launched plans to become northwestern Europe’s largest operator of electric vehicle-chargingà‚ infrastructure within five years, the company has secured a deal with car maker Volvo, aiming to improve its offering in the space.

“Our strategy going forward is to focus aggressively on electrified cars. A functioning infrastructure for charging is therefore needed both in the community and where our customers live,” said Kristian Elvefors, Volvo Cars’ managing director.
Susanna Hurtig, Head of Vattenfall E-Mobility Nordic
Under the partnership, Volvo car owners can visit the carmaker’s website and order a charging box. Vattenfall would deliver, install and service the unit, a Vattenfall spokeswoman said.

The company is competing with French utility Engie, Germany’s Innogy and ChargePoint, whose owners include BMW, Daimler and Siemens.

Vattenfall’s Finnish rival Fortum has also made several acquisitions to compete in the sector.

Susanna Hurtig, Head of Vattenfall E-Mobility Nordic stated, “For us this is a natural continuation of the previous collaboration we have had with Volvo. With electric cars, the gas station is moving home and thus setting new requirements for both car manufacturers and operators to offer a smart and safe charging solution.”

In Sweden with its many home owners, 90 per cent of charging takes places at home or the workplace according to Vattenfall. Still they also operate the public charging network InCharge, which consists of 570 public charging stations in Sweden and over 4,000 in Northwest Europe.

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