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French startup Gireve snaps €20M from Partech to make EV charging more accessible

Gireve team
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Gireve, a French startup based in Sèvres is a digital platform for EV charging interoperability. The company just raised €20 million from the US-based investor Partech, which invested in Greenlyte and Pimento. The round also saw contributions from existing shareholders. 

The deal will further the platform’s expansion in Europe and internationally and develop new services such as Plug & Charge and Clearing. It will also enable the company to develop its data and consulting solutions further.

Makes EV charging infrastructure accessible 

Led by CEO Eric Plaquet, Gireve is a key player in electric vehicle charging. It connects mobility stakeholders with charging stations, making EV charging easy and seamless worldwide. With over 500,000 charging points connected to its platform, Gireve registers over 100 million charging sessions annually and is now a key player in the zero-carbon mobility ecosystem. 

Its platform facilitates contracting, invoicing, and data exchange between different players in the sector. Gireve processes and enriches data on charging stations and driver behavior to provide analysis and consulting services to government agencies and private players. They turn to Gireve to get an overview of each area’s charging situation, develop a new market strategy, implement their company’s energy transition, expand their services, or anticipate future issues.

Arnaud Minvielle and Rémi Said, General Partners of Partech Impact stated: “Partech Impact is delighted to enter into this partnership with Gireve. We were convinced by the platform’s central and essential position in developing electric vehicles in Europe, its capacity for technological innovation, its strong culture of customer service, and the commitment and quality of its teams. Gireve has what it takes to become a global leader in this new industry.” 

Eric Plaquet, Chairman of Gireve said: “We are very pleased to welcome Partech Impact as a shareholder in Gireve. The support of a leading investor aligns with our logic of global growth at this stage of our development. The strategic alignment is strong, and the values are shared. With this fundraising, we are financing our plan to improve our services continuously and offer an increasingly powerful and high-quality platform. We are also delighted with the renewed confidence of our long-standing shareholders, who support us in our drive for value and innovation. A big well done to the fantastic Gireve teams who make this adventure possible every day.”

Sophie Paturle, Managing Partner of Demeter stated: “With the FMET (Fonds de Modernisation Ecologique des Transports) managed by Demeter, we are proud to have contributed to the rise of Gireve, a key player in the interoperability of electric vehicle charging stations – a key element in the development of the EV market – and very happy to welcome Partech on board to accelerate the realization of Gireve’s enormous potential, led by Eric Plaquet and the remarkable team around him.”

Olivier Dubois, Head of Electric Mobility, EDF Group added: “Reducing CO2 emissions is a priority objective for the EDF Group, which has made the development of electric mobility a key focus of its strategy. In this context, decarbonized electricity and the development of new electric applications are the solutions for greener transport in the future. Having worked with Gireve since 2013 to develop interoperability, we are convinced that Gireve is the key player in supporting the expansion of publicly accessible charging and the development of new services. Developing its business is key to further consolidating its position in the electric mobility ecosystem.”

Pierre de Firmas, Director of Electric Mobility at Enedis said: “As a public utility and the first company with a mission in the energy sector, Enedis is fully committed to the development of electric mobility in France and access to charging everywhere and for everyone. From the outset, Enedis has supported Gireve, a key player in the European ecosystem. We are pleased to renew our support today by participating in this capital increase, which will provide the company with the means to finance a new phase in its development.”

Gautier Chatelus, Deputy Director of Infrastructure and Mobility at Banque des Territoires said: “The deployment of charging stations in France is a priority for Banque des Territoires. Gireve has long been a key partner for both public and private players in the development of electric mobility. By participating in this latest round of financing, we are very pleased to be able to continue our historical support of the company in its core business as well as in the innovations it is developing (Plug & Charge and Smart Charging in particular), in a dynamic that will benefit the entire ecosystem.” 

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