German utility innogy acquires PlugShare maker Recargo

AeroVironment PlugShare 2

innogy eMobility US, a subsidiary of German utility Innogy, has acquired software firm Recargo, maker of the PlugShare charging app.

PlugShare is a network-agnostic EV charging application designed to give EV drivers accurate, up-to-date data for all charging stations, regardless of operator. It aims to provide a complete database of every charging location in the US, and has over 400,000 registered users. With the app and its database, innogy can now offer a software solution with extended access to POI data all over the US and Europe.

“The purchase enables us to offer our customers top-notch IT services and leading electric mobility solutions,” says Elke Temme, Senior VP of Electric Mobility at innogy. “The PlugShare database has the largest and most accurate public charging map in the world. For our customers, this means the highest-quality charging data in our software solutions.”

“[With] the acquisition of Recargo, we not only gain access to great information technology resources and best-in-class UI & UX know-how, but also invest in a brilliant team of EV experts,” said Simon Loeffler, CEO of innogy eMobility US.

“We are looking forward to working with innogy teams worldwide, continuing our focus on the EV driver experience,” said Recargo CEO Brian Kariger. “Together we can use our joint expertise to further advance the international electric mobility market in ways not possible alone.”


Source: innogy

  • Lance Pickup

    Would be nice if the article had more information on what innoby eMobility US (or Innogy) was. I know I can Google myself, although to be honest, companies’ “About” pages always leave quite a bit to be desired.

    From the Innogy About page:

    Good communication happens when two people understand each other without needing too many words.

    Maybe this is the problem. The About page had a bunch of pictures on it and not many more words than the above. Really didn’t tell me much about what they did.

  • 1337Warez

    Just how “agnostic” will PlugShare be when owned by a company with specific charging and network offerings? Data is only as good as how trustworthy the source is.