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2017-04-28 07:40:36 charging Europe

EV charging-station developer EV-Box is looking to expand its global footprint after being bought by international energy company Engie. EV-Box, native to the Netherlands, already provides 26 countries and 980 cities with more than 48,000 charging stations.

EV-Box’s CEO Kristof Vereenooghe told GTM that his company would become a global player in the charger market with Engie's help.

"In the next 10 to 20 years, as costs come down, performance improves and vehicle choice widens, e-mobility will inevitably become one of the fastest-growing industries worldwide,” he said. “But electric vehicles are only one part of a bigger ecosystem characterized by Engie -- a decentralized, decarbonized and digital energy space.”

Engie has also invested in Serviz, which provides a software platform for home repair. According to an Engie press release: “Homeowners use Serviz to instantly schedule everything from a simple handyman repair to installation of a new heating/AC system. Connecting Engie’s building and energy services expertise with the simplicity and scalability of Serviz’s on-demand platform will open a range of innovative service opportunities.”

Although Vereenooghe acknowledges that EV-Box has a part to play in that residential gambit, he emphasized that EV-Box’s ambitions and scope are not limited to that area. EV-Box will find business in any markets "where EV charging infrastructure is required or will need to be met, such as workplaces, commercial [settings], and public municipalities,” he said.

Nevertheless, Vereenooghe sees a variety of potential synergies for his company and other Engie acquisitions, describing EV-Box as being a “perfect fit” with a range of services now available from Engie via partnerships and acquisitions.

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