February 19 (Renewables Now) - German solar systems provider IBC Solar AG last week announced a strategic partnership with electric vehicle (EV) charging specialist EVBox, part of France's Engie SA (EPA:ENGI).
The partnership is designed to allow customers to combine photovoltaics (PV), energy storage and EV charging.
The deal calls for EVBox to provide IBC Solar with EV charging stations for private and public use. The solar company says that households and businesses that invest in solar systems can save a lot by powering their vehicles with solar energy. It calculates that at a starting cost of EUR 0.10 (USD 0.12) per kWh in Germany, a solar-powered passenger car will cost around EUR 2 for a 100-km (62 mile) drive.
The strategic partnership starts from February in Germany, with other European countries also targeted. EVBox's chief executive Kristof Vereenooghe said that the companies can together advance eMobility in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
EVBox makes EV charging stations and charging management software, boasting an installed base of 50,000 charging points across 30 countries.
"When the eMobility market takes off in 2018, photovoltaics, EVs, and charging infrastructure will have to be part of the same discussion," commented IBC Solar founder and chief executive Udo Moehrstedt.
(EUR 1 = USD 1.241)