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CEZ selects Driivz for Czech EV charging network

By Simon Warburton | 11 September 2019

CEZ Group has chosen Driivz to help expand its Electromobility EV charging network, which is the largest in the Czech Republic. 

The EV market in the Czech Republic is expected to grow significantly during the next decade. 

The new contract adds to Driivz's global portfolio, which includes projects in 15 countries across Europe, the Middle East and North America.

Currently, there are around 3,000 EVs registered in the Czech Republic and around 400 charging stations located across the country.

With the number of EVs expected to rise to 500,000 by 2030, the Ministry of Transport is aiming to cater for increased demand by constructing an additional 500 charging stations by 2023. 

The CEZ Group's charging network, known as CEZ Electromobility, is the largest EV charging network in the Czech Republic.

The group is currently installing new public fast-charging stations along major roads, which will be capable of charging most standard-capacity EV batteries in less than half an hour.

The infrastructure development is being financed by two grants from the European Commission's Connecting Europe Facility programme for the transport sector and the Operational Programme, 'Transport.' Part of the network is also being built by the CEZ Group at its own expense.

Driivz was selected by the CEZ Group after a tender process and will deliver the charge point management system for the CEZ Electromobility network.

A range of modules from the company's platform will be provided, such as dedicated portals for drivers and operators, as well as a tailored mobile app for both Android and Apple users.

Other elements will include bespoke billing and a 24/7 alert management system, offering live notifications and automatic self-healing functionalities across the network of charge points.

Data and reporting analytics will also help both drivers and CEZ Group operators by offering insights into which charge points are available and use the most energy, as well as what the peak charging times are across the network.

"Our EV team searched for an advanced EV charging solution and found Driivz was the best software to fit the charging requirements of our expanded EV charging network," said CEZ Clean Technology Department section manager, Tomáš Chmelík

"We were looking for a cost-effective and stable solution that offers operational excellence, advanced billing capabilities and smart energy management, which Driivz delivers along with technical excellence."

Driivz is enabling a distributed, renewable, smart energy value chain with vehicle-to-grid and energy management capabilities and reducing total cost of ownership through its automated management tools.

By 2025, Driivz expects to be managing 30% of the EV charging market.