HomeDenmark-StartupsCopenhagen-based Monta raises €30 million to power Europe’s EV charging ecosystem

Copenhagen-based Monta raises €30 million to power Europe’s EV charging ecosystem

Danish startup Monta has just landed an additional €30 million to push forward Europe’s EV charging infrastructure. Based in Copenhagen, the platform simplifies the deployment and management of EV charging points and makes them more accessible for users. 

Transforming mobility is one of the key parts of Europe’s transition to a greener society. Adopting electric vehicles (EV) within European cities is now widespread, with electricity fueling cars, bikes and scooters across the continent. It’s been recorded that in 2021 European EV sales increased by over 65% which is amazing progress to see for our green transition. However – something that is severely lacking across the continent are the charging points needed to keep these vehicles running. 

Even just walking around your own city – how many accessible, well-maintained EV charging points can you find? The answer: not enough. 

Greentech startup Monta wants to change this and is building the infrastructure to fuel this new generation of mobility. The team has now raised an additional €30 million. 

Funding details

Monta has today revealed an additional €30 million raise as part of its Series A+ round. Founded in 2020 the Danish startup is certainly enjoying electrified growth.

This round was led by  Energize Ventures, a leading global investment manager accelerating digital innovation for energy and sustainability, with participation from returning investors Creandum, Pale Blue Dot, byFounders, and Headline. The latest financing brings Monta’s total to €50 million. 

Casper Rasmussen, Monta CEO: The investment from Energize and our returning investors is a strong vote of confidence in our vision, team, and software as the cornerstone of the mobility infrastructure of the future.”

All-in-one EV charging platform

Led by a team of seasoned entrepreneurs with experience managing large software development organizations, Monta is delivering an all-in-one EV charging platform that simplifies and streamlines the deployment, use, and management of EV charging infrastructure. It’s a game changer for the industry and will bring a needed boost to the sector. 

It’s reported that, while more of us are buying EV’s, about 3000 new public charge points need to be built each week for Europe to reach its target of operating one million charge points by 2025. In addition, the existing infrastructure isn’t exactly the most user-friendly and is characterized by high fragmentation across operators and owners. 

Monta has been developed with a mission to radically transform this and make EV charging as simple and seamless as it should be. 

Casper Rasmussen explained:“The ability to take advantage of these new opportunities requires changes in information flows among grid devices as well as innovations in communication and coordination tools that increase the observability, predictability, and controllability of the grid. The societal impact and environmental potential of these technologies are massive. Monta is at the forefront of developing the systems needed to monitor and reward this flexibility to create an equitable energy solution for all EV drivers.”

Via the Monta platform, charge point owners have full visibility into charge point use, pricing, access, and transactions. For EV drivers, Monta provides reservation, virtual queuing, and payment features under one platform as well as access to public charge points. 

Juan Muldoon, Partner at Energize Ventures: “The market penetration of electric vehicles is climbing sharply as economic, regulatory, and climate levers accelerate EV adoption – and deployment of charging infrastructure has to keep pace. We expect more than 1.6 million public chargers and 20 million private charging stations to be deployed in the U.S. and Europe by 2025. As the market for charge point hardware grows and commodities, Monta offers a software solution that enables a consistent, improved charging experience for players throughout the EV charging value chain – from installers to drivers. We’re thrilled to partner with the Monta team as they pave the way for a more scalable and sustainable EV infrastructure.”

The Copenhagen-based innovators have already got some notable utility, aviation, and transportation industry companies signed up. Names such as  Vestas, CPH Airport, and PostNord are customers of the young startup. 

In addition, since the company’s latest financing in January 2022, Monta has secured strategic partnerships with hardware manufacturers to launch its Powered by Monta (PBM) program in multiple markets. Key partners include Garo, CTEK, and ABB which each boast a range of charge points in Europe as well as Zaptec, which recently launched Zaptec Park, a co-branded app for its users.

Monta will leverage the additional investment to open up new markets including North America, while consolidating its position in Scandinavia, the UK, and Germany, all of which have legislation in place slated to ban new ICE vehicle sales by 2025, 2030, and 2035 respectively. To further support the needs of the EU and the US – which has set a goal for 50% of its car sales to be EVs by 2030 – Monta will ramp up its product innovations and develop critical features to help EV drivers and charge point owners seamlessly navigate the industry.

Looking further ahead, the greentech disruptors seek to expand their product development to include grid management services amid challenges as more EVs hit the roads. Ultimately, the company expects to facilitate the sale of excess power back to the grid (V2G), manage interoperability with other zero-carbon technologies (V2H, V2X), aid in the creation of local energy markets, and empower end users with ownership over their energy consumption. 

Casper Rasmussen, Monta CEO, explained: “We are aiming to fully digitalize the EV ecosystem to tackle all the immediate challenges within the industry and build toward a more transparent and flexible future. By partnering with hardware OEMs we can deliver new features straight out of the box, like our new feature that allows operators to set a percentage on top of the spot price in order to follow the market fluctuations and automatically offer a fair price for charging. “

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Patricia Allen
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