Venice canals charging post developer signs with Aqua superpower

Aqua superPower - e-concept charging pile

Marine charging network Aqua superPower has signed a strategic partnership with AC charge point developer e-concept, which has developed a novel design of charging posts that have been approved for use in sensitive environments including the canals in Venice.

Aqua superPower will be developing charging infrastructure for marine and inland water applications deploying e-concept’s AC charging posts where environmental, cultural and heritage factors need to be considered. 

The parties will be working together to install public Type 2 AC charging infrastructure with particular focus on Venice, inland waterways, and European lakes where regulation and climate action increasingly drive the demand for electric boats.

e-concept manufactures public and private recharging stations for electric boats and for the transition towards electric marine transport. Aqua superPower is rolling out a global network of marine chargers which it will fund, own, and operate. 

“We look forward to working with Aqua on the integration of their hardware and software within our product for AC systems and are proud for our technology to be part of the world’s first marine fast-charging network,” says Matteo Bartoli, co-founder of e-concept. “We chose to work with Aqua superPower for their extensive experience in creating reliable cloud-based public charging networks and their rapid progress in building marine charging corridors to help accelerate the shift to electric boats.”

“e-concept is the perfect partner for Aqua superPower with their charging pile’s aesthetic design and innovative technology for those electric boat owners who require a slower pace of charging,” says Alex Bamberg, CEO of Aqua superPower. “Our partnership with e-concept enables us to provide a holistic solution for both DC and AC charging infrastructure dependent on location and intended usage. Access to a comprehensive electric charging network that offers a reliable plug and charge experience is fundamental to accelerating the transition away from liquid carbon fuels.” 

e-concept’s charging pole is produced with 100 per cent recyclable materials and is characterised by a design that integrates perfectly with the traditional Venetian architectural and environmental context. With Type 2 AC connectors, the charger complies with European legislation on public charging standards, providing significant safety and usability benefits. Aqua superPower already supports marinas, boat builders and boat owners in the drive to bring electric power to the water and reduce the impact of boating on the marine ecosystems with its network of fast chargers for electric boats. 

e-concept’s charging technology and hardware will integrate with Aqua superPower’s network and user management technology. Aqua superPower is developing its network that will be accessible to electric boat users via the Aqua secure app or RFID card. The app will enable users to view a map showing charger options and offering navigational aids to guide them to their chosen location. e-concept’s and Aqua superPower’s strategic partnership will promote its mission to reduce the impact of boating on the marine environment by developing an all-electric and integrated global marine charging network.

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