- Comfortcharge, Deutsche Telekom’s e‑mobility infrastructure venture, rolled out its 100th vehicle‑charging station as part of an ongoing deployment programme.
Comfortcharge, the Group’s e‑mobility infrastructure venture, said it had rolled out its 100th vehicle‑charging station as part of an ongoing deployment programme, announced in early‑2018 (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #71 and passim). Deutsche Telekom (DT) revealed Comfortcharge’s network of “quick charging” units had hit the 100‑mark in mid‑December 2019. It said the business, which sits within DT’s Telekom Innovation Pool family of technology ventures, will continue to expand its infrastructure in Germany during 2020, but did not provide further details on its future roadmap. When launched at February 2018’s Mobile World Congress, DT indicated Comfortcharge could end up with a footprint of 12,500 stations, piggybacking on Group cabinets and other street furniture. However, the business seems since to have significantly scaled back ambitions amid regulatory and other challenges, and DT itself has been broadening its presence in the e‑mobility value chain, beyond Comfortcharge. The Group has been steadily expanding the reach of GET CHARGE, an aggregator service that offers access to more than 70,000 stations from European partners (including Comfortcharge’s 100 units). DT also recently took a minority stake in Austrian charging infrastructure enabler ENIO (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #82).