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EV Charging Stations: Rental Model

Project Description

  • Innovation
  • 1 June 2023
  • 6 Months
  • SimpleCharge
  • €59,500

This project addresses the issue of access to electric vehicle charging stations. Latvian startup Simple Charge’s charging stations and business model offers a cost-effective alternative for cities to increase access to electric vehicle (EV) charging without significant infrastructure investment. Simple Charge’s charging stations can be installed on existing lamppost infrastructure and used for charging electric vehicles, enabling private sector parking space owners to earn a profit from EV charging services. Additionally, it enables faster EV charging infrastructure development as compared to the traditional infrastructure required.

Increased access to charging infrastructure reduces range anxiety for EV drivers, and increases public awareness and the uptake of EVs. Retrofitting existing lampposts with charging infrastructure provides a cost-effective solution for cities to increase access to EV charging without significant infrastructure investment. During this pilot, Simple Charge tested its rental business with Eleport, a charging point operator from Estonia operating in Latvia. This new service model can be replicated and scaled in other countries, and enables businesses and communities who want to have an EV charging station to test the solution first, before making a large investment.

Challenge


This project addresses the high cost and significant infrastructure requirements of traditional EV charging stations.

Main Objective


The activity aimed to provide a cost-effective solution for cities to increase access to EV charging without significant infrastructure investment.

Output


The project resulted in electric vehicle charging stations using existing lamppost infrastructure and a rental business model that can be replicated and scaled in other countries.

Partners


Count2

Project lead


Artis Markots
Simplecharge
info@simplecharge.lv