German energy company innogy is preparing to launch a new business unit to bring together all of its eMobility activities in Europe and the US in an effort to become a leading solution provider for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure.
The new eMobility unit will launch on 1 January 2017 to develop new solutions for charging points, payment systems and network infrastructure. It is already looking at a full-coverage network of fast charging points, tailored products for companies and brand new retail products such as eCar sharing.
Martin Herrmann, innogy's retail COO, who will be responsible for overseeing the new business unit, said: ““Electric mobility is an incredibly important market for innogy. And as a spirit of new beginnings is in the air, it’s the perfect time to address this topic: governments and corporations worldwide are making important decisions for the future.
“By establishing the new eMobility business unit, we can start to react even faster and better to the rapid changes on this future market.”
Innogy will build on its experience of operating one of the largest charging networks in Europe, with around 5,300 charging points in over 20 countries. The company is offering renewable energy for refuelling from its charging points, which include a number in the north of England.
The business unit will be headed up by by Elke Temme, who has held a number of management positions at parent energy supplier RWE and now innogy since 2002. Most recently, she was head of programme management retail under Herrmann and was “a key player” in realigning the eMobility business.