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ChargePoint completes Has·to·Be and ViriCiti acquisitions

ChargePoint has completed its acquisition of European e-mobility technology provider Has·to·Be, expanding its charging network further.

ChargePoint now has 150,000 charging ports accessible in its own network and more than 200,000 ports available through roaming partnerships

Has·to·Be offers a range of EV charging solutions, backed by its Be.Energised hardware-agnostic EV charging platform, and the deal, announced in the summer and valued at €250m (£217m), means that ChargePoint now has 150,000 charging ports accessible in its own network and more than 200,000 ports available through roaming partnerships.

This makes the company one of the largest charging networks in the continent but also across the globe.

The deal comes hot off the heels of the acquisition of ViriCiti, a leading provider of electrification solutions for eBus and commercial fleets. ChargePoint said the transaction effectively “rounded out the most complete set of solutions for electrified fleets globally”.

Its fleet solution portfolio in Europe and North America now includes its fleet management solution, AC and DC fast charging solutions, and the telematics capabilities brought by ViriCiti, enabling it to balance charging costs with operational readiness for fleets of all sizes.

The business is now focused on leading the electric mobility charge in Europe, including through its expanding port count but also via its R&D facility and growing talent ecosystem.

“With these acquisitions, we grew our talent pool across and have state-of-the- art research and development centres across Europe,” said Pasquale Romano, CEO of ChargePoint. “These key milestones further strengthen our commitment to the European EV charging market, to complement our position as a leader in EV charging in North America.”

Other recent changes have seen ChargePoint advance and employ fee-free roaming agreements and integrations with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, enabling drivers to easily find stations, start charging and pay for it directly from the ChargePoint app or the vehicle display.

It’s also reached the landmark of three billion electric miles driven on the ChargePoint network, cutting more than 450 million litres of fuel and avoiding over 450,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The company has also made significant investments in its European business, including opening a new high-power research and development facility in Reading, Berkshire. This brings ChargePoint’s European office total to seven while it’s commercially active in 16 European countries.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

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