4impact capital funds EV charging platform Deftpower

Den Haag – 25 January, 2024

Impact venture capital fund 4impact capital joins innovative software startup Deftpower as investor alongside existing investors including Proeza Capital, Twickelborg, Cosmic Cat, Rethink Ventures and Koolen Industries. The Arnhem, Netherlands based company provides high-end white-label software solutions to leading mobility service providers allowing them to optimize the electric vehicle (EV) charging process and integrate the flexible capacity of electric vehicles into the broader energy grid.

EV charging today is error-prone and unintuitive, discouraging broader collaboration between drivers, mobility providers, and the energy grid as a whole. Yet, with growing energy demands and increasing intermittency of provision by renewable energy sources, Europe could face a gap of up to 19% of its energy needs in 2035. This can lead to grid imbalances, congestion and even blackouts, slowing down the transition to renewables. Integrating flexible capacities of EV batteries into the grid can alleviate this.

Deftpower stands as a trailblazing cleantech company, actively contributing to the transition toward a cleaner, greener future through innovative solutions and cutting-edge technology. Their primary goal is to expedite the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), promoting the use of renewable energy and minimizing reliance on fossil fuels. Given that the transportation sector contributes to 25 percent of global CO2 emissions, Deftpower’s commitment is both urgent and essential.

Deftpower’s solution allows available untapped capacities to be captured with its seamless and intuitive charging platform and converted into economic and ecological value by integrating the capacity into the energy grid using smart charging algorithms and vehicle-to-grid optimization.

Pauline Wink, Managing Partner of 4impact says “The Deftpower team have built a superior product that allows them to execute on a clear strategy to acquire the most flexible capacity assets and therefore maximizing commercial and impact potential in this growing market. The impressive team around Jacob Zonneveld, Marc Diks, and Remco Tjeerdsma have proven they can build great companies before, and we are honored that they have partnered with 4impact to do so again!”

With their team of 30 highly skilled professionals, Deftpower is rapidly building Europe's most advanced platform, recalibrating electric vehicle drivers, their cars, charging points, and the grid in a sustainable ecosystem. Deftpower today has secured the business of 23 customers in 9 countries and provides access to all major charging networks in Europe. Backed by the trust of investors and companies, and drawing on more than a decade’s worth of experience in the EV charging business, Deftpower is poised for rapid expansion in the next two years. Recently, DeftPower secured a €2.5 million funding from the EU EIC Accelerator, a prestige program for promising energy startups.

Jacob Zonneveld, Co-Founder and CEO of Deftpower adds that “With 4impact we have a smart investor that understands the energy transition and understands the business of growing a company. We are very grateful for their trust in Deftpower.”

About Deftpower

Deftpower was founded in 2020 by Marc Diks and Jacob van Zonneveld with a mission to build the ultimate charging solution. Their Automotive Charging Platform brings charging station networks, car manufacturers and utilities together in a way that is both scalable and cost saving for everyone. The transition to EV is happening at speed so naturally the underlying technologies must meet high standards – which is exactly what the Deftpower platform does.

Contact: press@deftpower.com

About 4Impact

4impact capital is a prominent early-stage impact investor in European digital startups. They support passionate founders dedicated to advancing sustainability and creating measurable change, aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in the areas of Planet and People. Currently, 4impact capital is actively investing from its second fund. 4impact plans to invest in around 25 companies that capitalize on the massive opportunity at the intersection of digitization and sustainability in Europe, focusing on the Benelux, DACH, and Nordics regions.

Contact: connect@4impact.vc

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