Following its acquisition in 2021, Blue Corner is now operating as Blink Charging, positioning the Company for further expansion in Europe.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. & ANTWERP, Belgium, (Oct. 24, 2023) – Blink Charging Co. (Nasdaq: BLNK) (“Company”), a leading global manufacturer, owner, operator and provider of electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment and services, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Blue Corner, is now Blink Charging, bringing the Company’s global experience and EV charging expertise to Belgium.
Blue Corner, first established in 2011 as a Belgian pioneering start-up in the freshly minted EV industry, grew into the leading platform for EV charging devices in Belgium. In 2021, the company was acquired by Blink Charging as part of Blink’s broader strategic international expansion plans that allowed the Company a significant infrastructure footprint in the region. The acquisition builds on the multi-lingual expertise of the Blue Corner team and the unique know-how of its European R&D team. Belgium is officially tri-lingual (Dutch, French and German) with English as a fourth adopted language of business.
“As the EV market continues to grow throughout Europe, the acquisition and rebranding of Blue Corner was a strategic move to build a stronger and more rapid presence in the region, tapping into the strong global experience and assets while also making EV charging more accessible,” said Brendan Jones, President and CEO for Blink Charging. “Blink Charging is focused on developing the market and providing the needed infrastructure to meet the demands of businesses and drivers with advanced state-of-the-art EV charging solutions.”
Now operating as Blink Charging, customers and clients will benefit from the vast experience of Blink Charging along with its sizable team to support the scale of the business. Blink has well established and proven systems along with an advanced network capability, refined over a long period with a substantial volume of transactions, delivering the certainty and reliability that customers and clients need.
Miko de Haan, President Blink Europe and Emerging Markets commented, “the decision to bring Blue Corner and its branded products into the Blink Charging brand, reflects our international strategy to acquire a strong market presence in Europe. This move, along with the acquisition and rebrand of EB Charging earlier this year, positions Blink Charging as a leading powerhouse in the European EV charging industry.”
This system’s capability extends beyond the network into financial and other operational areas. As an original equipment manufacturer, Blink Charging can offer R&D-refined, specialist equipment that perfectly meets the requirements different charging situations demand. This helps overcome shortfalls of being entirely dependent on third party equipment supply and allows for wider margins and pricing flexibility while creating opportunities for further R&D in response to market demands
“We are proud and excited to be part of the Blink Charging family and look forward to the benefits of being part of an established, proven system and network that have been refined over its many years leading the industry,” said Olivier Van Schap, Managing Director for Blink Charging Belgium. “As we migrate our customers to a new integrated global catalogue of EV products and services, we are confident they will benefit from being part of a global industry leader with a strong local footprint. Serving our customers with smart and sustainable EV products and services is our daily focus wherever they are.”
Mr. Van Schap will continue to lead the management team in Belgium as they continue under the Blink Charging corporate brand.
About Blink Charging
Blink Charging Co. (Nasdaq: BLNK), a global leader in electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment, has contracted, sold, or deployed nearly 78,000 charging ports worldwide, many of which are networked EV charging stations, enabling EV drivers to easily charge at any of Blink’s charging locations. Blink’s principal line of products and services includes the Blink EV charging network (“Blink Network”), EV charging equipment, EV charging services, and the products and services of recent acquisitions, including SemaConnect, Blue Corner, BlueLA and Envoy. The Blink Network uses proprietary, cloud-based software that operates, maintains, and tracks the EV charging stations connected to the network and the associated charging data. With global EV purchases forecasted to half of passenger cars sold in the US by 2030, Blink has established key strategic partnerships for rolling out adoption across numerous location types, including parking facilities, multifamily residences and condos, workplace locations, health care/medical facilities, schools and universities, airports, auto dealers, hotels, mixed-use municipal locations, parks and recreation areas, religious institutions, restaurants, retailers, stadiums, supermarkets, and transportation hubs.
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