ChargePoint has entered into a strategic partnership in France with electronics wholesaler Sonepar. The agreement calls for the installation of more than 1,400 publicly charging stations at over 500 Sonepar locations in France.
ChargePoint wants the charging stations to be up and running as early as mid-2022. ChargePoint will be the operator and the software partner and supply all the charging hardware.
As the charging points in the parking lots will also be publicly accessible, the agreement also has a notable impact on the public charging infrastructure across France. According to the ChargePoint announcement, as of 31 December 2021, there were 53,667 publicly accessible charging stations across the country. Once the 1,400 charging stations are installed, the charging station network in France will grow by 2.6 per cent.
Sonepar also committed to having a 25% battery EV and 75% plug-in hybrid share in its corporate fleet by 2023, with a move to 50-50 by 2025.
“We have an established partnership agreement with the Sonepar Group globally, and we are thrilled to extend EV charging in France with our partner Sonepar”
This partnership indicates the commitment between ChargePoint and Sonepar to drive the future of transportation and progress the electrification efforts of thousands of businesses throughout France.”ChargePoint’ss CEO, Pasquale Romano
The US company ChargePoint noticeably intensified its activities in Europe last year. In July 2021, it announced the acquisition of Austrian charging software specialist has-to-be. A month later, the acquisition of e-bus and commercial vehicle management provider ViriCiti was announced as reported.
ChargePoint has been trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol “CHPT” since September 2020.