Centrica Innovations has announced a major investment in Driivz, an Israeli company offering end-to-end software solutions for electric vehicle (EV) charging. Centrica Innovations is integrating the Driivz platform into a new intelligent EV charging service offer for businesses from Centrica Electric Vehicle Services (CEVS) targeted at organisations that want EV charging facilities for their employees or a depot-based fleet. The CEVS offer builds on the company’s experience as an installer of over 4,000 workplace chargers, including Transport for London’s £18 million EV charging scheme.
The Driivz platform is used by 200,000 drivers worldwide and it allows users to manage all aspects of EV deployment from charging, account management and driver billing, through to onsite power management that allows businesses to optimise output to chargers in line with site energy demand and costs.
The Centrica investment, along with another investment by Ombu Group, form part of a £9 million funding round.
Jonathan Tudor, Director of Technology and Innovation Strategy for Centrica Innovations, said: “With 14 million EVs expected on UK roads by 2030, there can be no doubt that e-mobility will have a significant impact on how we manage the delicate balance of supply and demand to the grid.”