MAHLE chargeBIG Now Independent Subsidiary of MAHLE Group

MAHLE chargeBIG Now Independent Subsidiary of MAHLE Group

The company says this move will accelerate its transformation into a provider of sustainable mobility solutions.

MAHLE chargeBIG, provider of a smart, scalable, and low-cost charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, says it remains on track for growth with the former corporate start-up now an independent subsidiary of the MAHLE group.

The company says this move will accelerate its transformation into a provider of sustainable mobility solutions and will also give the chargeBIG team greater operational freedom. Since entering the market in 2018, around 1,500 charging points have already been sold to over 20 customers, and the current acquisition business is very successful, MAHLE chargeBIG adds.

With chargeBIG POWER, the company will offer a DC fast-charging solution with charging power of up to 750 kW, based on the proven chargeBIG principle of intelligent load management. The fast-charging solution is suitable for charging parks with up to 20 charging points—even with limited grid connection. It can be economically integrated into the existing grid infrastructure. This solution is intended particularly for long-distance routes, where there is still a lack of fast-charging options today. In this way, MAHLE aims to expedite the electrification of individual and commercial traffic. 

The basic chargeBIG concept for AC charging is suitable for fleets and applications with around 20 to 100, or even more, electrified parking spaces. This solution is particularly suitable for parking spaces where electric vehicles are parked for longer periods, such as at airports, office locations, or apartment blocks. chargeBIG offers turnkey centralized solutions for different charging requirements, the company says. Charging power of up to 7.2 kW is used in most cases, but charging points delivering an output of up to 22 kW can also be integrated. chargeBIG complies with the requirements of the German calibration law and is easy to operate via a dedicated app.

In addition, the company says it has concluded a development cooperation with power electronics specialist PRETTL Electronics Automotive to accelerate the market launch of its recently unveiled fast-charging solution chargeBIG POWER. 

“Being more firmly anchored within the Group will boost our business performance as a provider and operator of e-mobility services. We’re delighted that we can now take the next step in establishing our fast-charging solution, chargeBIG POWER, with our development partner PRETTL Electronics,” said Sebastian Ewert, founder and managing director of MAHLE chargeBIG GmbH.

“In PRETTL Electronics, chargeBIG has found the right partner to implement its ambitious goals. Combining economic efficiency and sustainability is at the heart of our approach,” said Carsten Ellermeier, CEO of PRETTL Electronics. “This is possible thanks to our expertise in the field of power electronics and the principle of intelligent load distribution. The result is an innovative and powerful charging solution.”

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