ultra-E is driven by a broad alliance of utilities, carmakers, automotive suppliers, a roaming platform, and public bodies. The following partners join forces to implement the project by end of 2018: Allego, VERBUND, SMATRICS, Bayern Innovativ, Audi, BMW, Magna, Renault, and Hubject.
Allego GmbH, ultra-E (DE/BE) coordinator, is a subsidiary of the biggest Dutch energy infrastructure company, Alliander N.V., and a leading CPO (Charge Point Operator) which has significant expertise in e-mobility, including the creation of a network of multi standard fast chargers throughout The Netherlands (CIR with role split of CPO and MSPs), Belgium and Germany (400 DC fast chargers deployment in urban areas and along major transportation routes. Allego was also awarded by several municipalities in the Netherlands and Germany, such as the Federal State of Berlin to deploy EV charging outlets (mainly AC chargers) for urban transportation. The main focus of the company is the operation of a reliable network of both AC- and DC charging equipment for Electric Vehicles and to allow EV charging to any driver of an electric vehicle by entering into contracts with all Mobility Service Providers in Europe.
The Audi Group, with its brands Audi, Ducati and Lamborghini, is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the premium segment. It is present in more than 100 markets worldwide and produces at 16 locations in 12 countries. 100 percent subsidiaries of AUDI AG include Audi Sport GmbH (Neckarsulm), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy) and Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy). In 2016, the Audi Group delivered to customers about 1.868 million automobiles of the Audi brand, 3,457 sports cars of the Lamborghini brand and 55,451 motorcycles of the Ducati brand. In the 2016 fiscal year, AUDI AG achieved total revenue of €59.3 billion and an operating profit of €3.1 billion. At present, approximately 88,000 people work for the company all over the world, more than 60,000 of them in Germany. Audi focuses on sustainable products and technologies for the future of mobility.
The BMW Group is one of the leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles in the world. The success of the BMW Group has always been built on long-term thinking and responsible action. With BMW i, the BMW Group is pursuing a holistic approach: BMW i is redefining personal mobility through visionary, purpose-built vehicle concepts with inspiring design, a focus on sustainability throughout the entire value chain and a full range of complementary mobility services. The all-electric BMW i3, launched in 2013, is a locally emission-free car that is sustainably designed throughout. BMW also provides access to charging infrastructure via its Mobility product ChargeNow.
For Renault, the electric vehicle is a real long-term solution to today’s environmental and noise pollution issues in cities. Technological innovations now make it possible to mass market an electric vehicle at reasonable cost. Renault now offers a full range of electric vehicles including the full electric ZOE which can easily charge up to 43 kW on the AC plug.
Over 100 years of experience in vehicle production and a broad range of services make Magna Steyr the worldwide leading brand-independent engineering and manufacturing partner for OEMs. Our complete vehicle competence in engineering combined with our production know-how gives us a unique position in the global automotive supplier industry. We are specialists for the development and production of niche vehicles (derivatives) with alternative drivetrains. Reaping the reward of its intensive continuous work in the field of electro-mobility in combination with hybridisation, Magna has been able to demonstrate its competence in many series projects. Our mission is to offer our customers optimized and at the same time cost-efficient vehicle concepts by combining various drivetrain technologies.
Bayern Innovativ was founded in 1995 at the initiative and ownership of the Bavarian state government in order to drive innovations in small- and medium-sized enterprises in particular. It brings together experts from industry and science at all levels of the value chain and offers customised services to help them to close existing gaps in technologies, supply chains and sales channels. The network of Bayern Innovativ presently comprise some 80.000 experts from 40.000 companies and research institutes and 80 partner network organisations. The activities center on different technology and innovation fields, among others (e)mobility. Bayern Innovativ holds the Competence Center E-Mobility Bavaria, one key player for electric mobility and charging infrastructure, new mobility (concepts) and sector coupling regarding energy topics and linked digitalisation challenges / innovations in Germany.
Hubject GmbH was founded in 2012 by leading companies from the energy, technology and automotive industries. The shareholders are the BMW Group, Bosch, Daimler, EnBW, innogy, Siemens and the Volkswagen Group. The company’s eRoaming platform connects charging station operators and emobility service providers in real-time, in order to give electric vehicle drivers easy and customer-friendly access to the charging infrastructure. Hubject does not operate any charging stations itself, but enables the smooth exchange of data in the background via the intercharge charging network. More than 300 companies across the world use the platform, including manufacturers of electric vehicles, energy providers, mobility service providers and telecommunications companies.
SMATRICS, a joint venture between VERBUND and Siemens, is a leading provider of electric mobility services and is the first and only provider to operate a nationwide charging network in Austria. All the electricity for the high-speed charging network – with 400 charging points within a radius of around 60 km – comes from Austrian hydropower. SMATRICS offers all users barrier-free access to the network via smartphone and credit card, flexible payment models, and user-oriented services such as a mobile app and a 24/7 customer hotline. The range of services also includes tailor-made charging solutions for companies, their employees, customers, and guests. From advice on installation and operation of the infrastructure right through to individual billing models, SMATRICS offers all its services from a single source.
VERBUND is Austria's leading electricity company and one of the biggest producers of hydroelectricity in Europe. The company generates around 96 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, mainly hydropower. VERBUND has about 3000 employees and trades in electricity in 12 countries. In 2016, it achieved annual turnover of some EUR 2.8 billion. Together with its subsidiaries and partners, VERBUND is active in the fields of power generation, transport, and international trading and distribution of energy. VERBUND has been listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange since 1988. The Austrian Republic holds 51% of its share capital. Further information: www.verbund.com