Brooklyn, New York September 29, 2015 - EV-Box, the largest electric vehicle charging company in Europe, launched their Brooklyn office today. Dutch Foreign Trade Minister Lilianne Ploumen was in attendance to deliver congratulatory remarks heralding this international expansion of EV-tech. Founded in 2010, EV-Box has sold and installed over 30,000 charging points in over 250 cities to date.
Brooklyn Burough President Eric Adams (right) and Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade Lilliane Ploumen (left) opening the EV-Box North America office. The North American EV-Box headquarter will be based out of New York University Polytechnic School of Engineering’s ACRE incubator at the Urban Future Lab. Named one of the top 10 idea labs in the US by Worth magazine, NYC ACRE is the city’s premiere clean-tech incubator dedicated to envisioning and realizing innovation in the clean energy, smart grid, smart city sector.
The Dutch Minister, Lilianne Ploumen stated: 'EV-Box is an example of new and innovative entrepreneurship, good for the environment and good for business. In 2013 Dutch companies, knowlegde institutions and government started a program to engage Dutch and American partners.’
Managing director of NYU Poly Cleantech initiatieves, Pat Sapinsly, states The Urban Future Lab and ACRE incubator are delighted to welcome Minister Plumen and the electic vehicle charging company, EV-Box to New York City. By joining our incubator ecosystem, EV-Box will have access to mature relationships and like minded companies that would have taken years to develop on their own. Partnerships such as these are good for the Dutch economy, good for New York's economy and good for the environment.
EV-Box’s US Director Tim Kreukniet notes ‘the EV market in the US is steadily growing and with our open standards approach we want to be the hardware provider to multiple US companies. This gives the owner of the charging station more choice, it creates competition in the market and will reduce prices for EV ownership.’ We will leverage our European experience to bring a proven product to the market with high reliability, flexible design and smart functionality for a competitive price. EV-Box will manufacture their charging stations in Richmond, Virginia.
EV ownership and use in New York are increasing every year, which benefits drivers by lowering their fuels cost and improves air quality by reducing emissions,” said John B. Rhodes, President and CEO, NYSERDA. “This emerging sector plays an important role in advancing Governor Cuomo’s REV strategy to build a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy system. NYSERDA is committed to successful partnerships with companies such as EV-Box to ensure New York has the necessary infrastructure in place to support and grow the EV market and help develop a more sustainable energy future.”
“EV-Box is another great demonstration of our incubator network attracting international companies to NYC”, said Dr. Shreenivasen, who is the president of NYU Poly. “By tapping into clean tech ideas from around the globe, we are ensuring that New York will be the home for sustainable, clean technologies that will continue to sustain the growth of the innovation economy.”
“The North-east has roughly the same amount of passenger vehicles as California and we expect the same growth path as California has witnessed over the past few years. Our charging stations focuses on the workplace, parking garages and retail locations. In essence if you park your EV more than 1 hour at a location there is where we want to have a charger available to you,” said Mr. Kreukniet. “We are looking forward to build the EV market together with public and private partners.
EV-Box is the global market leader in Electric Vehicle (EV) charging infrastructures and related cloud-based services, with an installed base of over 30.000 charging points worldwide that serve individuals, businesses, facilities and major public charging networks. EV-Box's charging solutions are universal and can be operated by any electric vehicle. With a progressive mindset, and its high quality hardware, software and applications, EV-Box continues to offer the safest and the most user-friendly charging experience to EV drivers across the world. EV-Box headquarters are based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
About the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering
The NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering dates to 1854, when the NYU School of Civil Engineering and Architecture as well as the Brooklyn Collegiate and Polytechnic Institute (widely known as Brooklyn Poly) were founded. Their successor institutions merged in January 2014 to create a comprehensive school of education and research in engineering and applied sciences, rooted in a tradition of invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to programs at its main campus in downtown Brooklyn, it is closely connected to engineering programs in NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU Shanghai, and it operates business incubators in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn.