Ethanol-Powered EV Charging Station from Berlin

January 2022

The lack of charging infrastructure is a major barrier to widespread e-mobility, but one start-up’s solution could be a game changer. Founded in 2018 and located in Wildau on the outskirts of Berlin, me energy recently won the Entrepreneurs’ Award from Germany’s national development bank, KfW, for an electric vehicle (EV) charging station that generates its own electricity.

“The energy comes from bioethanol,” me energy cofounder and CTO Inès Adler explains on the KfW website. “A converter turns the liquid into electricity, which is routed directly into the vehicle’s battery through the charging cable.” Not only does the charging station operate independently of the power grid, it’s also really fast. me energy claims it can charge an EV battery sufficiently to drive 300 kilometers in under 15 minutes.

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