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Integrated multinational energy conglomerate CEZ Group has selected global electric vehicle (EV) software firm Driivz to manage its EV charging infrastructure in the Czech Republic.

Driivz will manage the utility’s existing EV charging infrastructure as well as provide its platform as CEZ Group rolls out its expansion plans.

To date, the Czech Republic has 3,000 EVs and only 400 chargers supporting them. The number of EVs is expected to reach 500,000 by 2030 hence the Ministry of Transport is aiming to construct an additional 500 charging stations by 2023. 

CEZ Group will be deploying EV charging infrastructure through its subsidiary CEZ Electromobility, the largest EV charging network operator in the Czech Republic. 

The EV chargers, to be installed along major roads, will be capable of charging most standard-capacity EV batteries in under half an hour.

Funds to build the EV charging infrastructure will come from grants from the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility programme for the transport sector and the operational programme ‘Transport’.

The projects will include dedicated portals for drivers and operators, a tailored mobile app for both Android and Apple users, bespoke billing and a 24/7 alert management system, offering live notifications and automatic self-healing functionalities across the entire network of charge points.

 Tomáš Chmelík, Section Manager of CEZ Group’s Clean Technology Department, commented:  “Our EV team searched for an advanced EV charging solution and found that Driivz was the best software to fit the charging requirements of our expanded EV charging network. We were looking for a cost-effective and stable solution that offers operational excellence, advanced billing capabilities and smart energy management, which Driivz delivers along with unparalleled technical excellence."