Dutch yeet! targets Flanders with 50 fast-charging stations
Dutch EV fast-charging scale-up yeet! Power is looking over the borders to France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium to invest some €60 million in 250 new fast-charging locations. Forty to fifty of them yeet! wants to realize in Flanders that will be the main focus to start, CEO Wim Boer told financial news channel Kanaal Z and newspaper De Tijd.
Yeet! is looking for parking lot owners in interesting locations. It says it will take care of the total investment in the charging infrastructure and offer a share of the profits. The reference client in Flanders will be Belgian event facilitating company Easyfairs. They will install fast-chargers at Flanders Expo (Ghent), Antwerp Expo, and the Nekkerhal (Mechelen).
The idea behind it is quite simple. Event halls like Flanders Expo have extended parking lots. Yeet! specializes, among others, in charging solutions with a transformer serving 20 to 2 000 charging points at the same time.
Using smart loading techniques enables to serve the EV driver’s charging needs as indicated in the dedicated app. A supplier to the expo venue using the charger just during the short time of delivery can charge his vehicle 30 to 50 minutes at 350 kW, for instance.
A fair attendee who is spending lots of hours inside has his car charged at a lower capacity to be ready at the threshold set by the time he is leaving. Yeet! can balance the load between the charging cars and even draw electricity from one car to be used for another while warranting that both cars are fully charged at the time set to leave. That is if that car supports bi-directional charging.
For the owner of the venue, it can be an attractive offer to monetize its parking lot even when it’s not in use for events. “The cooperation has several benefits,” says Alain D’Haese, COO & Head of Venues Easyfairs Belgium.
“For one thing, it allows us to meet the growing demand for electricity by upgrading our current number of charging stations and optimizing our charging infrastructure. It gives us the ability to make events all year-round more profitable.”
“Our venues are well visited from October through April, with summer being relatively quiet. But because we’re situated on top locations, we’re visible to everyone daily, and we can still attract visitors with the charging network on our parking.”
At Flanders Expo, Easyfairs has 40 000 m² of solar panels on the rooftops, providing green electricity for the events and parking.
Central transformer hub
Yeet! offers EV chargers of various sizes and specifications for all-electric vehicles (electric cars, buses, and trucks) and integrated systems for parking spaces. The single yeet! Power Stations can deliver 350 kW in one charge or charge two EVs simultaneously at 175 kW.
But in larger parking facilities, the Dutch company offers its ‘Scale-Up’ solution, with the yeet! Energy Management System, or YEMS. A simple charging pole with double outlets is connected to a central transformer hub. This way, 20 to 2 000 charging points can be served.
Cheaper and more practical
According to yet!, this is “a lot cheaper and more practical than many other similar systems. Installation costs are up to 40 percent lower than the average for an extension of a similar scale. The total investment and usage are up to less than 50 percent of old EV systems, while installation, maintenance, and EVA9 software are already included.”
The Dutch are willing to spend more than half of the €60 million investment planned for 2021 in Flanders. Currently, Flanders has 111 fast-chargers mostly located at the most important transit roads. Yeet! is looking to add 40 to 50 more, at its own expense, if the owners of parking spaces at A-locations are willing to partner.