World : E.On invests in Finnish e-mobility software company Virta

E-mobility software company Virta is targeting international growth after – together with lead investor Helen – it finalised investment from energy company E-On.

Earlier this year, Virta and E.On signed a global operational agreement to make thousands of E.On charging stations available to electric vehicle users in 10 countries across Europe.

Andreas Pfeiffer, global domain manager e-mobility at E.On, said: “With our investment into Virta we underline our belief that Virta‘s platform and energetic management team are set up to be the digital backbone for an increasingly integrated energy and mobility world.”

Virta was founded in 2013 in Finland and today, more than 200 EV charging networks from 19 countries are operating their charging services on Virta platform with over 30 different brands.

In addition to Finnish headquarters, Virta has offices in Germany, France and Sweden.

Helen’s President and CEO Pekka Manninen said:“Virta is going through a period of strong growth as a company, and the focus of its’ operations has shifted from Finland to international activities. It is great to get E.ON on board in the development of the company,

In addition to Helen and E.On, the early investors of Virta include Finnish energy utilities Lahti Energia Oy, Vantaan Energia Oy, ISS Oy, Tammisaaren Energia Oy, Kotka Energia Oy and Oy Herrfors Ab.

 

Source : https://www.fleetnews.co.uk/news/fleet-industry-news/2019/01/02/eon-invests-in-finnish-e-mobility-software-company-virta

Smart Grid Bulletin December 2018


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