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Startup Enapi bags €2.5 million pre-seed funding to accelerate EV charging interoperability

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Startup Enapi, a brand-new connectivity platform for collaboration in the EV charging industry, announced the closing of its €2.5 million pre-seed round. The Berlin-based platform facilitates connections between Charge Point Operators and entities developing and providing digital charging solutions for consumers and businesses.

Charge Point Operators seek easy connectivity to meet their utilization targets, while eMobility Service Providers aim to provide EV Drivers with access to all charge points. However, technical interoperability between Charge Point Operators and eMobility Service Providers is a major challenge. Current solutions lack scalability, are expensive, and lead to poor data quality. These shortcomings ultimately affect EV Drivers because they receive inaccurate information about charge point availability and have no transparency about the fees for public charging.

As an infrastructure layer company, Enapi focuses on building a secure, reliable, and scalable platform for stakeholder collaboration in the EV industry. The ‘Enapi Transaction Broker’ enables EV charging transactions, using the OCPI standard to ensure seamless charging station connectivity.

Enapi empowers participants in the marketplace to adopt and expand the use of open protocols, thereby enhancing community collaboration and elevating the quality of data. Enapi offers exclusive access to invited companies only. With its funding, Enapi aims to expand its network, enhance the data quality on the platform, and build clearing house functionalities to enable charge point connectivity at scale.

“The EV charging infrastructure is broken. Enapi plays a pivotal role in enabling charge point connectivity and creating streamlined collaboration to improve the way we charge our electric cars,” said Jakob Kleihues, co-founder and CEO of Enapi.

Enapi launched its service on March 18. with a group of renowned partners across Europe onboarded: Electra (FR), Monta (Nordics), JUCR (GER), Osprey, Octopus Electroverse, OVO Drive, Paua (UK). Other stakeholders from the industry can join the platform by invitation or join the waitlist.

The pre-seed round was led by Project A Ventures with participation from Seedcamp and HelloWorld. Kate McGill, an associate at Seedcamp stated: “Over the next 10 years, we have to build the green equivalent to our petrol station network, all the while not falling prey to copy/paste approaches which don’t take into account the intricacies of ICE vs EV. Enapi is building the unified API for EV charging and removing friction for all parties in the charging world to communicate sea,lessly with eachtother. We’re thrilled to partner with them on this journey.”

 

Author: Peter van Noppen

Source: EU-startups

Startup Enapi bags €2.5 million pre-seed funding to accelerate EV charging interoperability - ChargeInfra