E.ON has partnered with Finnish-based technology firm Virta to optimise its EV charging network across Europe.
Virta is providing its IT platform to act as the digital backbone of E.ON’s Drive charging network.
The technology is expected to improve the accessibility and user experience of E.ON’s EV charging network and will facilitate the switch to electric mobility for companies and private customers.
The platform will respond to the challenge of increased volatility in the energy network caused by the growing demand for the use of renewables and optimise energy flow behind the charging stations to avoid energy peaks, while reducing the cost for the end user.
The announcement follows E.ON and Virta launching the solution in Sweden, Czech Republic, Slovakia, UK and Romania.
The technology is set to be launched in Hungary, Italy, Denmark, Germany and Norway by the end of the year.
Frank Meyer, senior vice president B2C Solutions, E-Mobility & Innovation at E.ON: “Our vision is to create a better tomorrow for our customers. In E-Mobility, we can make this reality by enabling private and business customers to easily enter into a new sustainable, green, electric mobility world. With Virta, we can offer the best innovative EV charging and fleet solutions to our customers across Europe.”
“Two-thirds of global combustion CO2 emissions are produced in the sectors of energy and transportation. Electric vehicles reduce oil-based emissions on a significant scale and EV storage enables the increase of renewable energy resources globally. Our commitment is aligned with E.ON – to make intelligent charging services an industry standard,” says Virta CEO Jussi Palola.
Virta’s platform has received the Technology Innovation Award from Frost & Sullivan.