Enapi secures €2.5M Pre-Seed funding to accelerate EV charging interoperability

Driven by the rapid adoption of EVs across Europe, there is an increased demand for public infrastructure to provide quick and frictionless usage of charging stations to end customers. 

Given the multitude of eMobility stakeholders building the EV charging infrastructure, a reliable and scalable connectivity layer is essential to provide better EV Driver experiences. Current solutions lack scalability, are expensive, and lead to poor data quality around charge point availability and charging fees.

This is why we are excited to back Enapi, a Berlin-based connectivity platform for collaboration in the electric vehicle (EV) charging industry. It facilitates connections between Charge Point Operators and entities developing and providing digital charging solutions for consumers and businesses. 

Founded by Jakob Kleihues (CEO) and Dennis Laumen (CTO), Enapi is building the transaction broker and clearing house for the electric vehicle (EV) charging industry to effectively connect Charge Point Operators and eMobility Service Providers. As an infrastructure layer company, it aims to tackle the challenges of technical interoperability.

On a mission to build the most secure, reliable, and scalable platform for stakeholder collaboration in the EV industry, Enapi empowers participants in the marketplace to adopt and expand the use of open protocols, thereby enhancing community collaboration and elevating the quality of data. The Enapi Transaction Broker enables EV charging transactions, using the OCPI standard to ensure seamless charging station connectivity.

Jakob Kleihues, co-founder and CEO of Enapi, says:

“The EV charging infrastructure is broken. Enapi plays a pivotal role in enabling charge point connectivity and creating streamlined collaboration to improve the way we charge our electric cars. Enapi serves a large addressable global market of electric vehicle charging transactions, helping to deliver a better EV driver experience and thus fueling the green mobility revolution.”

On why we invested, Kate McGinn from our investment team comments:

“Over the next 10 years, we have to build out the green equivalent to our petrol station network, all the while not falling prey to copy/paste approaches which don’t take into account the intricacies of ICE vs EV. Enapi is building the unified API for EV charging and removing friction for all parties in the charging world to communicate seamlessly with each other. We’re thrilled to partner with industry insiders Jakob and Dennis on this journey.” 

We are excited to participate in Enapi’s €2.5 million pre-seed round alongside Project A Ventures and HelloWorld. With the new funds, the company plans to expand its network, enhance the data quality on the platform, and build clearing house functionalities to enable charge point connectivity at scale.

Enapi launches its service today with a group of renowned partners across Europe onboarded: Electra (FR), Monta (Nordics), JUCR (GER), Osprey, Octopus Electroverse, OVO Drive, Paua (UK). Other stakeholders from the industry can join the platform by invitation or join the waitlist.

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