FARMINGTON HILLS, Mich., July 14, 2014 – Beringea, LLC, a private equity firm providing growth capital to market-leading businesses, has announced that its London office, Beringea LLP, has invested $5.1 million in Chargemaster, the UK’s leading provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. The investment will be used to strengthen Chargemaster’s position in the UK market and fund further expansion into the European EV charging market.
Since its founding in 2008, Chargemaster has quickly grown to become the largest supplier of EV equipment and infrastructure in the UK with more than 10,000 public and commercial charging points installed across the country. The company is also a key player in the European EV market, with over 4,000 charging points installed.
Malcolm Moss, founding partner at Beringea, commented: “The Chargemaster team has more experience in designing, building and installing high technology streetside electronics than any other European organization. We are excited to partner with a strong management team that is positioned to create the worldwide benchmark for EV charging equipment and infrastructure.”
David Martell, CEO of Chargemaster, commented: “Chargemaster has demonstrated very significant growth over the last two years and is well positioned to capitalize on the mainstream adoption of electric cars. We are delighted to have received this investment from Beringea which provides a strong endorsement of our number one market position and additional capital to enable us to maintain our strong momentum.”
Chargemaster’s EV charging units can be wall mounted, placed on street-side posts or custom-built to specific customer requirements. The company’s advanced charging stations are installed in both domestic and public places, enabling EV owners to safely charge their vehicle at home or on the go.
Chargemaster’s public charging stations have built-in communications equipment creating a nationwide charging network called POLAR. Customers who have purchased domestic charge points are automatically enrolled in the POLAR network, offering them access to charge points across the country.
With flexible and practical charging station solutions, Chargemaster has developed a number of strategic partnerships with energy providers, vehicle manufacturers, government agencies, property development companies and leading blue chip companies.
Electric vehicles are expected to account for 7 per cent of all light duty vehicle sales by 2020, resulting in a surge in demand for charging infrastructure to support EV drivers. As the market leader in the UK, Chargemaster is well positioned to capitalize on the anticipated growth of the global EV infrastructure market, which is expected to exceed $855 million by 2021.
Notes to editors:
Chargemaster Plc is the UK’s leading provider of electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Benefitting from over 25 years of experience working within the telematics and vehicle-orientated industry, Chargemaster provides a comprehensive, flexible and practical range of electric vehicle charging solutions. Its charging stations are specially developed to accommodate new technological advances and the growing demands of the electric vehicle industry. Chargemaster works in partnership with a number of leading energy providers, vehicle manufacturers, government agencies, management consultancies and property development and blue chip companies. For more information, visit www.chargemasterplc.com.
Beringea, LLC provides equity and/or mezzanine debt to small- and-middle market companies. The Firm, which includes Michigan-based Beringea, LLC and its London, UK office Beringea LLP, invests in portfolio companies operating in a range of sectors, including health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, media and specialized consumer products.
With flexible capital solutions, extensive investing experience and offices in the U.S. and UK, Beringea’s team offers its portfolio companies the resources to grow their businesses and create value for stakeholders. For more information, visit www.beringea.com.
In the United States of America, Beringea operates as an SEC-registered investment advisor, Beringea, LLC. In the United Kingdom, this document is issued by Beringea LLP, a firm authorized and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Beringea LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with company number OC342919, and its registered office is at 39 Earlham Street, London, WC2H 9LT, UK. This document is intended solely to provide information regarding Beringea’s potential financing capabilities for prospective portfolio companies.
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