Utrecht-based startup facilitating hyper charging stations for electric delivery vans and trucks, Leap24 has raised €15 million in funding.
The new round was backed by Dutch investment fund manager Meewind, which supports sustainable energy and green projects that benefit both investors and the environment.
The funding will boost the expansion of the company’s network of fast charging stations in the Netherlands, Germany and the U.K. The company had earlier raised €4.25M from Yard Energy Investments and angel investors to launch its first charging station in Almere in May this year.
Founded in 2021 by Pelle Schlichting and Ferry Bosgra, Leap24 wants to make clean mobility available to everyone. The company provides a network of accessible, spacious depots, and spacious charging stations for electric vehicles throughout Northwest Europe. The Dutch platform is working on a basic network that in the future will provide the Netherlands, and ultimately North-West Europe, with easily accessible charging stations in business parks.
Leap24 co-founder Pelle Schlichting said: “The zero-emission urban distribution zones are a fact, but especially in the large cities it is not feasible for many entrepreneurs to charge the delivery vans and/or trucks on their own site. The design of the LEAP24 charging stations – spacious charging stations, suitable pavement and the fact that we can quickly install an above-average number of charging stations – ensures that we are one of the few players in the Netherlands to be able to break through this chicken-and-egg problem.”
Niels van Heesewijk, investment manager at Meewind, added: “More and more cities want to introduce a zero-emission urban distribution zone, but that brings with it the necessary challenges. By investing now, the participants of the Energy Transition Fund directly contribute to the expansion of the network to forty locations in the Netherlands and the first locations to open in the U.K. and Germany.”