UK-based Centrica plc announced a multi-million-pound investment in Driivz, an Israeli start-up that offers end-to-end software solutions for electric vehicle (EV) charging. Ombu Group, a leading investor in advanced industrial technology companies, has co-led the investment, which forms part of a £9-million ($12-million) funding round.
Established in 2012, Driivz has developed a cloud-based EV charging operating system that is already used by more than 200,000 drivers worldwide. The Driivz platform offers charging network operators, car manufacturers and utilities an end-to-end solution to manage all aspects of EV deployment from charging, account management and driver billing, through to onsite power management that allows businesses to optimize output to chargers in line with site energy demand and costs.
The investment has been made by Centrica Innovations, established in 2017. Centrica Innovations is also integrating the Driivz platform into a new intelligent EV charging service offer for businesses from Centrica Electric Vehicle Services (CEVS). The fully-managed solution has been developed to meet the needs of organizations that want EV charging facilities for their employees and/or their depot-based fleets.
The CEVS offer builds on the company's experience as an installer of more than 4,000 workplace chargers, including Transport for London’s £18-million (US$23-million) EV charging scheme, which aims to install 300 fast charging points in the capital by 2020.
Drivers will benefit from access to a self-service portal that gives total control over their EV charging needs, from managing their account and setting payment plans, to planning tools that help to identify, reserve and navigate to their next charging point.