Engie Romania, an e-mobility services and charging station operator, has entered a strategic contract with Etrel, a Landis+Gyr company and a premier provider of EV charging solutions, aiming to implement the Etrel OCEAN charge point and energy management system to support the rapidly growing EV charging market in Romania.
The versatile solution is set to cater to residential, commercial and public charging requirements, the companies said.
As the Romanian electric vehicle market surges, reporting an 83.5 percent increase in 2022 compared to 2021, the need for a robust and scalable charging infrastructure has never been greater.
The partnership between Engie and Etrel is primed to meet this demand with the OCEAN charge point management system. This expansion surpasses the European Union’s average growth rate of 28 percent, as highlighted in the ACEA report.
The OCEAN system is designed to serve all users in the ecosystem, including small charge point operators (Sub-CPOs) and fleet companies, enabling Engie Romania to customize its operations to fit each specific business opportunity. This approach empowers partners with precise access rights and roles to manage and monitor their EV charging infrastructure effectively.
Engie Romania’s expansion plan also includes the provision of EV charging solutions for partners operating in the fleet, real estate, and retail sectors. Nicolas Richard, Executive Vice President Head of Thermal & Supply ENGIE Romania, CEO ENGIE Servicii & ENGIE Building Solutions, commented, “As a significant player in low-carbon energy solutions and green mobility, we are thrilled to announce the signing of this contract with Etrel. It will enable us to develop E-mobility in Romania and help our customers decarbonize their activities and better protect the environment.”
Miha Levstek, CEO at Etrel, emphasized the importance of supporting companies like Engie Romania in expanding their networks, aiding drivers to transition to electric vehicles. “It was crucial for Engie that the chosen EV charge point management software could support large EV charging networks and that the system is flexible enough to adapt to changing needs and trends. Etrel OCEAN’s back office and white-label app were developed with all stakeholders in mind, facilitating our business partners to tailor operations to the needs of their local EV drivers, business partners, and to their own business needs,” Levstek said.
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