Ombu News 2019
  • The CEZ Group has chosen Driivz to help expand its ČEZ Electromobility EV charging network, which is the largest in the Czech Republic.
  • The EV market in the Czech Republic is expected to grow significantly over the next decade.
  • The new contract adds to Driivz’s global portfolio, which includes projects in 15 countries across Europe, the Middle East and North America.

Driivz, a global EV charging software, has been chosen by the CEZ Group to manage its EV charging infrastructure in the Czech Republic. Driivz will support the CEZ Group’s existing network and its expansion plans with its state-of-the-art platform, at a time when the integrated electricity conglomerate is investing in its EV charge point portfolio.

Currently, there are approximately 3000 EVs registered in the Czech Republic and around 400 charging stations located across the country. With the number of EVs expected to rise to 500,000 by 2030, The Ministry of Transport is aiming to cater for the increased demand by constructing an additional 500 charging stations by 2023.

The CEZ Group’s charging network, known as ČEZ Electromobility, is the largest EV charging network in the Czech Republic. The group is currently installing new public fast-charging stations along major roads, which will be capable of charging most standard-capacity EV batteries in under half an hour. The infrastructure development is being financed by two grants from the European Commission’s Connecting Europe Facility programme for the transport sector and the Operational Programme ‘Transport’. Part of the network is also being built by the CEZ Group at its own expense.

Driivz was selected by the CEZ Group after a thorough and competitive tender process and will deliver the charge point management system for the entire ČEZ Electromobility network. A wide range of modules from the company’s platform will be provided, such as dedicated portals for drivers and operators and a tailored mobile app for both Android and Apple users, allowing EV drivers to access a variety of dynamic options and manage their accounts.

Other elements will include bespoke billing and a 24/7 alert management system, offering live notifications and automatic self-healing functionalities across the entire network of charge points. Data and reporting analytics will also help both drivers and CEZ Group operators by offering invaluable insights into which charge points are available and use the most energy, as well as what the peak charging times are across the entire network.

Tomáš Chmelík, Section Manager of CEZ Group’s Clean Technology Department, commented:

“Our EV team searched for an advanced EV charging solution and found that Driivz was the best software to fit the charging requirements of our expanded EV charging network. We were looking for a cost-effective and stable solution that offers operational excellence, advanced billing capabilities and smart energy management, which Driivz delivers along with unparalleled technical excellence.”

Doron Frenkel, Founder and CEO of Driivz, added:

“We are delighted that the CEZ Group has picked us to manage its charging infrastructure and believe that by utilising our technology it will be able to provide a higher level of service to its customers. It will also be able to streamline its billing operations, maximise billed transactions, increase profitability and reduce costs.”

By managing large global networks, Driivz is supporting exponential EV market growth. It is enabling a distributed, renewable, smart energy value chain with vehicle-to-grid and energy management capabilities and reducing total cost of ownership through its advanced automated management tools. By 2025, Driivz expects to be managing 30% of the EV charging market.

About Driivz

Driivz is a global EV charging software that acts as the backbone of EV charging networks. The company’s cloud-based platform supports over 120 types of EV chargers and includes billing capability, roaming interoperability and self-healing functionality. The Driivz platform is also vehicle-to grid enabled, allowing EV drivers to act as virtual power plants by becoming suppliers, receiving compensation and reducing energy consumption.

Based in Tel Aviv, Israel, Driivz’s team of EV experts are working for customers in 16 countries. The company already counts global industry players such as EVgo, Elaad, ESB and Centrica as customers, while it manages some of the largest public EV charging networks in North America and Europe. In total, tens of thousands of EV chargers are linked to Driivz’s platform, which is also used by more than 300,000 EV drivers.

About CEZ Group

Headquartered in Czechia, CEZ Group is an integrated energy conglomerate with operations in Western, Central, and South Eastern European countries. Its core business is the generation, distribution, trade in and sales of electricity and heat, trade in and sales of natural gas and coal extraction. It also provides comprehensive energy services to its customers. CEZ Group companies employ more than 30,000 people. CEZ Group’s mission is to provide safe, reliable and positive energy to its customers and society at large. Its long-term vision is to bring innovations for resolving energy needs and to help improve the quality of life.