The whole infrastructure at the edge thing isn’t just about data and communications in the modern economy. Electric vehicles need decentralized recharging options, and it turns out the problems aren’t all that different from the data center industry. Or at least that’s what EdgeConneX and EQT think, because they just launched a new company targeting that opportunity.
The new entity is called Voltera, and it will operate charging facilities for electric vehicles at scale. Their owners over at EQT Infrastructure will be providing the financial backing necessary to get things started. The company will focus on meeting the needs of fleet operators and others with multi-site EV power requirements.
The principle is that the EV charging problem and the edge data center problem have some significant overlap. One has to acquire the right space, navigate the permitting process, bring in power and connectivity, and deploy highly automated technical infrastructure. One then has to manage and maintain that infrastructure at scale, so that the users of what each site offers can get what they need without having to solve those issues themselves.
The overlap is clear, however it only goes so far. That’s why Voltera appears to be a separately run division, something that may leverage the lessons learned by EdgeConneX in the edge data center space but which will develop its own separate corporate DNA as the EV industry continues to rapidly evolve.
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