EO Charging secures $80m investment to expand growth

EO Charging, a leading provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for fleets, has announced it has secured approximately US$80 million in equity investment from Vortex Energy and Zouk Capital to accelerate its growth plans and global expansion strategy.

The two investors are coming together in a partnership that will support EO’s path towards global leadership in EV fleet charging as zero-emission transportation adoption accelerates.

Founded in 2014 by entrepreneur Charlie Jardine, EO is focused on smart charging solutions for electric car, van, truck and bus fleets. Its unique end-to-end solutions offer customers everything they need to transition to electric at scale and pace, no matter the size of their fleet – from smart fleet consultations, AC and DC hardware and cloud-based management software to depot installations, grid connections, and 24/7/365 operations and maintenance service.

The British company plans to further expand its fleet charging solutions business in North America and across Europe, whilst maintaining its position as leader in the fast-developing UK market.

Charlie Jardine, Founder and CEO of EO Charging, said: “We’re super excited to welcome Vortex Energy as our new growth investor alongside our long-term and trusted partner, Zouk Capital. The combined knowledge, international experience, and funding capacity will accelerate our growth, expand geographic reach, and drive innovation to deliver an ever-advancing suite of solutions to our customers not only in the UK and Europe but in fast-growing markets like North America.”

In 2022, EO launched its latest generation of EV chargers, the EO Genius 2 and EO Mini Pro 3, and most recently announced it has created a new multi-source financing and services platform, MOBILITe. The new initiative will help fleets accelerate EV adoption via a fixed-price as-a-service solution, eliminating upfront capital investment while optimising EV savings.  

“The transition to electric vehicles remains one of the most pressing challenges of our generation. Businesses everywhere are under pressure to move to a zero-emission fleet fast and require innovative solutions and trusted suppliers. EO has quickly established itself a leadership position in this emerging space. We have the funding and service offering to develop that leadership on a global scale as the market continues to grow and grow. I’m confident EO is in a strong position for 2023 and beyond,” Jardine continued.

Vortex Energy is a global energy transition investment firm. It launched Vortex Energy IV in 2021 to target all energy transition verticals, including generation, energy storage, EV charging facilities, as well as supply and demand-side energy services across international markets.

Karim Moussa, CEO of Vortex Energy, commented, “EV charging is a fascinating transformational industry. Major investments in charging infrastructure are needed to pave the way for a carbon-neutral world. Vortex is extremely happy to have partnered with EO as one of the leading providers of charging solutions in Europe. We are highly committed to supporting EO’s growth path alongside Zouk Capital, a reputable partner with a stellar track record.”

This latest round of fundraising was led by Zouk Capital, one of the UK’s leading investors in EV charging, which has been working with EO since 2018. Zouk is particularly experienced in investing and scaling electric vehicle charging infrastructure and manages the UK Treasury’s £420m Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund (CIIF).

Colin Campbell, Partner at Zouk Capital, commented, “The team at Zouk is extremely happy to continue to support EO and to partner with Vortex to help further develop EO’s global leadership position in EV fleet charging. EO is an exciting company – it dominates the fleet sector, and is growing rapidly in the truck and bus sectors. It is clear that EO has a very special opportunity ahead of it as the transition to net zero accelerates.”

Image courtesy of EO Charging.

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