Volkswagen Group continues its efforts to lead the EV transition in Europe, and that includes making sure that Volkswagen Group customers have places to charge — a lot of them.
An arm of the giant conglomerate, Elli (aka Volkswagen Group Charging), continues to extend its EV charging infrastructure across Europe. It now has more than 600,000 charging stations in 27 different countries around Europe. This includes various networks that have joined the Elli collaboration.
The company also notes that it’s trying to improve convenience at its stations, not just the number of stations out there in parking lots (aka car parks) and parking garages around the continent.
“One of the key initiatives driving quality of charging is the Selected Partner Network, a from Volkswagen Group newly founded program designed to elevate the charging experience for customers. The Selected Partner Network is a carefully curated group of partners of premium charge point operators that have been selected according to strict quality criteria,” Volkswagen Group writes. “This network has optimal charge stops, high-performance charging infrastructure with on-site convenience (e.g. cafés, restaurants, sanitary facilities), and excellent operational reliability. Elli Drive Highway tariff customers also benefit from exclusive, lower energy prices. Currently, IONITY Europe, Aral Pulse, the Audi charging hubs in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and Ewiva in Italy are part of the Selected Partner Network.” Anything to improve the charging experience and attract more people to the electric vehicle life.
“We are starting the year with an incredible news: Providing a pan-European network counting more than 600,000 charge points is a significant achievement for Volkswagen Group Charging GmbH,” Elli CEO Giovanni Palazzo comments. “However, our commitment goes beyond quantity; it’s about ensuring a high-quality charging experience to advancing electric mobility and decarbonizing society.”
“As electric mobility continues to gain momentum, Volkswagen Group Charging GmbH remains at the forefront of innovation, contributing to the establishment of a robust and reliable charging and energy infrastructure across Europe,” Palazzo adds. It’s hard to argue otherwise.
Let’s see what Elli can get to by the end of 2024! Any guesses?