With charging infrastructure being a major challenge to the spread of e-mobility, ME Energy’s solution could be a game changer. Founded in 2018 and located in Wildau on the outskirts of Berlin, the fledgling company won the Entrepreneurs’ Award from Germany’s state economic development bank, KfW, for an EV charging station that generates its own electricity.
“The energy comes from bioethanol,” Me Energy co-founder and CTO Inès Adler told 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 says it can charge an EV battery sufficiently to drive 300 kilometers in under 15 minutes.
Adler’s background includes developing engines for Mercedes Benz, and unusually for a start-up founder, she’s in her sixties. In fact, she had been planning to retire, when the opportunity to cofound ME Energy arose.