EDF Group launches ambitious plan for rolling out smart, electric transport in Europe

11 October 2018

EDF Group has announced a comprehensive plan to roll out new and innovative electric transport solutions in its four biggest European markets; France, UK, Italy and Belgium. EDF Group is a member of The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative which brings together businesses committed to making electric transport the ‘new normal’ by 2030.

Launching its Plan Mobilité Electrique, the energy company is setting specific targets to grow electric mobility technologies across these countries. This involves deploying 75,000 charging points and providing customers with access to 250,000 interoperable terminals by 2022, converting existing streetlights into charging points across Europe and exploring second-life battery use and energy storage.

EDF Group is also stepping up ambition on smart charging and the role of electric vehicle batteries in balancing electricity grids at times of peak demand. The utility is aiming to operate 4,000 smart charging points by 2020.

"This investment decision will grow market demand for electric vehicles and increase access to smart, electric and connected transport systems across Europe."
Mike Peirce, Corporate Partnerships Director, The Climate Group

Mike Peirce, Corporate Partnerships Director, The Climate Group, said: “EDF Group’s new plan demonstrates that electric transport represents a huge growth area for energy companies all over the world. Already committed to transition its fleet to electric vehicles through EV100, EDF is now raising the bar and placing electric mobility at the heart of its business strategy. This investment decision will grow market demand for electric vehicles and increase access to smart, electric and connected transport systems across Europe”.

Jean-Bernard Lévy, EDF Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said: " Thanks to its low-carbon energy mix, EDF will substantially contribute to the fight against global warming by supporting municipalities, businesses and residential customers with the development of clean mobility everywhere and for everyone. In order to achieve this goal, EDF is building an ecosystem of innovative players by forming strategic partnerships for the large-scale roll-out of the best technologies to support our customers."

"EDF will substantially contribute to the fight against global warming by supporting municipalities, businesses and residential customers with the development of clean mobility everywhere and for everyone."
Jean-Bernard Lévy, EDF Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Innovative partnerships

EDF Group joined The Climate Group’s EV100 initiative in December 2017 and committed to operate a fully electric fleet of 30,000 vehicles by 2030, as well as rolling out charging infrastructure at its premises.

The energy company also supports the Zero Emission Vehicle Challenge, led by The Climate Group and C40, which brings together states, regions, cities and businesses to accelerate the manufacture of electric vehicles.

Building on these commitments, EDF Group is now forming a new set of partnerships with innovative market players to roll out electric mobility technologies in Europe.

The Group is working with German start-up Ubitricity to convert existing streetlights into charging points across Europe, and its subsidiary EDF Energy is partnering with Nissan International to explore smart charging, the use of second-life batteries, energy storage and renewables. It will also install its charging points by working with its subsidiary Sodetrel.

EDF will also develop novel charging solutions for all customers without access to a parking space, in particular through collaborative innovation initiated by EDF New Business and EDF R&D.

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