Volkswagen Group company Elli is to acquire a minority stake in has·to·be GmbH, a leading provider of operating systems for e-mobility.
VW is already using has·to·be’s software for the connection of its own charging infrastructure.
The two groups says they will forge ahead with the expansion of the pan-European charging network and participate in the rapidly growing market for charging solutions.
Thomas Ulbrich, Member of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen brand responsible for E-Mobility, says: “Together with has·to·be, we want to open up and develop the rapidly growing business area of charging infrastructure. We will also be using has·to·be software ourselves. Throughout the Group, we will be installing about 36,000 charging points throughout Europe up to 2025. In future, charging will therefore be quicker and more convenient.”
Thorsten Nicklass, CEO of Elli, adds: “With our participation in has·to·be, we are now laying the foundation for a seamless customer experience during charging and for the integration of further digital services of the Volkswagen Group. This participation is a further consistent step in our strategy for the intelligent networking of charging and energy.”
Martin Klässner, has·to·be founder, says: “Cooperation with the Volkswagen Group, which is committed more strongly to this technology than any other automaker, will be a key element in shaping the future of e-mobility. With Volkswagen on board, we will forge ahead with e-mobility in Europe and beyond.”
has·to·be employs over 70 staff members from 10 nations and it manages more than 16,000 charging points. The company’s started six years ago with Audi as its first customer.