Two major companies, Better Place and ChoosEV, are established in the field of charging infrastructure in Denmark.
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In 2009, Better Place and DONG Energy closed a joint agreement investing about 100 million Euros in a nationwide Danish infrastructure for electric cars to pave the way for Denmark to adopt EVs on a larger scale.
Better Place is developing and deploying EV services, systems, and infrastructure. The company cooperates with automakers, battery suppliers, energy companies, and the public sector to create a compelling solution, which is also scalable for global implementation.
Subscribers and guests get access to a network of charge spots, battery switch stations, and systems. The aim is to provide EVs with the known mobility of the conventional car that is combined with an optimized driving experience with minimum environmental impact and cost. To make the purchase of an EV more feasible for consumers, Better Place owns the expensive batteries and offers them as part of the subscription, thus eliminating a significant additional cost for the car owner and making the EV price competitive compared to the conventional car. Better Place will offer different subscription plans including a given number of kilometers per month as well as a battery and access to battery switching when necessary.
Recharging the battery will usually take place at a charge spot since few driving trips in Denmark exceed 100 km. For longer trips exceeding the current range limit for a fully charged battery (160 km), Better Place subscribers can switch the depleted battery with a recharged one in less than five minutes at a battery switch station. The Better Place infrastructure is compatible with and open to all modern EVs—with or without the battery switch technology.
The Better Place solution addresses the climate challenges of transportation through intelligent charging at charge spots. Most cars are parked 22 hours a day on average. Better Place is planning to manage charging during times when renewable energy is supplying the electricity grid, while taking into account the specific driving needs of the car as well as reducing the stress on the local grid.
To support the general use of EVs in Denmark, ChoosEV is planning to establish an intelligent charging infrastructure consisting of private charging modules, semi-public slow charging, and semi-public quick charging facilities. In 2011, 300 semi-public slow charging and 6 quick charging facilities (ChadeMo) were planned for installation. Additionally, 300 private charging modules are part of the TestEnElbil project (described in the On the Road and Deployment section).
The project is financed by ChoosEV, local and national sponsors and has been supported by the Centre for Green Transport and the Danish EV promotion Programme.