ChargePoint Raises an Additional $22.6 Million in Venture Capital Funding
May 12, 2014
For Immediate Release
CAMPBELL, CA (May 12, 2014) ChargePoint, the largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network, announced today that it has secured an additional $22.6 million in funding. ChargePoint has now raised over $110 million from leading investors, including Rho Ventures, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB), Braemar Energy Ventures, Siemens Venture Capital GmbH, Voyager Capital and BMW.
“This additional round of funding demonstrates confidence in ChargePoint’s business model and our advanced technology, as well as the EV industry as a whole,” said Pasquale Romano, ChargePoint’s CEO. “With this financial support, ChargePoint will expand our network to enter into new markets and develop new products to coalesce the entire EV charging experience.”
ChargePoint’s network reaches across the nation with over 17,000 charging ports.
“KPCB partners with companies, like ChargePoint, that define and transform industries,” said Michael Linse, Partner with KPCB. “ChargePoint has become a dominant player in a growing industry that they helped create. In this age of accelerating growth of drivers making the switch to electric, ChargePoint serves as a critical part of the EV ecosystem with the largest and most open electric vehicle charging network in the world.”
ChargePoint’s stations are independently owned, giving station owners flexible pricing and access control. Companies often provide charging to attract and retain customers and employees, while attaining sustainability goals. Through ChargePoint, businesses can realize the financial, employee satisfaction and environmental benefits of offering EV charging.
“With strategic insight into this rapidly expanding market and strong execution, ChargePoint has emerged as an industry leader,” said Mark Leschly, Managing Partner at Rho Ventures. “ChargePoint’s holistic approach results in the most advanced hardware and software, exceptional driver services and a model that makes offering EV charging good for any business. We look forward to continue supporting the company as the industry continues its exponential growth.”
ChargePoint’s real-time network information, including the availability of charging locations throughout the nation, is available through the ChargePoint mobile app, online and via the navigation systems in top-selling EVs.
“It is no surprise that ChargePoint has become the pre-eminent EV charging provider,” said Neil S. Suslak, Managing Partner with Braemar Energy Ventures. “ With superior cloud-based services and an innovative business model, ChargePointwill continue to help meet the needs of today’s EV drivers and accelerate the arrival of millions of new EVs before the decade is out.”
ChargePoint is creating a new fueling network to move people and goods on electricity. Since 2007, ChargePoint has been committed to making it easy for businesses and drivers to go electric with one of the largest EV charging networks and a comprehensive portfolio of charging solutions available today. ChargePoint’s cloud subscription platform and software-defined charging hardware are designed to include options for every charging scenario from home and multifamily to workplace, parking, hospitality, retail and transport fleets of all types. For more information, visit the ChargePoint pressroom, the ChargePoint Investor Relations site, or contact ChargePoint’s North American or European press offices or Investor Relations.
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