Since 2016, Vattenfall and its partners are building InCharge, an international network where customers can access thousands of charging points in Sweden, Germany, the UK and the Netherlands. InCharge is an initiative by Vattenfall and part of its commitment to promote sustainable transport. In November 2018, the charging point number 10,000 was installed, which represents a milestone in the ambitious expansions plans of Vattenfall.
Vattenfall has long experience in electric cars and charging infrastructure. Already ten years ago, Volvo Cars and Vattenfall jointly developed a plug-in hybrid car, the Volvo V60 PHEV. Vattenfall has also participated in development and testing of several charging infrastructure solutions for electric buses, both conductive and inductive charging, as well as the world’s first electric road system with dynamic charging from a rail in a public road, eRoadArlanda.
"Electric vehicles are increasingly popular, thus increasing the need for easy charging solutions. This is the key driver for us and our partners and with the new unit we are putting force behind our ambition to build one of Northwest Europe’s biggest charging networks," says Magnus Hall, Vattenfall's President and CEO.
Vattenfall currently operates EV charging networks in Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. Vattenfall will now gradually extend the offering for convenient home, business and public charging solutions to new markets, such as France and Norway. Recently, Vattenfall/Nuon and McDonald's reached an agreement to start placing 168 fast charging stations in the Netherlands from the end of 2018. Every McDonald's branch in the Netherlands with a McDrive will have two fast charging points.
"From now on we expect our charging network to double in size every year in order meet a sharp increase in electric vehicle growth. We aim for a turnover of SEK 1 billion within five years," says Tomas Björnsson, Head of Vattenfall's E-mobility business unit.
Under the current investment plan, SEK 3 billion has been allocated for the development of new businesses, including charging infrastructure and battery storage. In a bid to further promote the usage of electrical vehicles, Vattenfall is currently implementing a program to electrify its fleet of 3,500 vehicles. Those will be replaced with EV:s or hybrid-cars by 2022.
Vattenfall currently operates more than 10,000 charging points in Sweden, the Netherlands, Germany and the UK. The InCharge charging network was launched in Sweden in November 2016. It is developed together with cities, businesses, municipalities and local power companies.