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Koolen Industries invests in off-street parking platform ParkBee to accelerate EV adoption in cities

Hengelo, The Netherlands, March 22, 2022

Koolen Industries, together with a number of other tech entrepreneurs and investors, has invested €30 million in technology platform for off-street parking ParkBee.

KeesKoolen and ParkBee technology

ParkBee is Europe’s leading digital car parking platform, that provides consumers easily accessible offstreet parking options and helps cities & property owners to better utilize their urban spaces. The strengthening of ParkBee's share capital ensures that the company can expand to France and Ireland. ParkBee is currently active in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany and Belgium.

Investing in ParkBee accelerates the transition towards clean mobility

Kees Koolen, CEO and founder of Koolen Industries: “ParkBee has an attractive and highly scalable business model. With its strong partners on both demand and supply, ParkBee is primed for rapid expansion throughout Europe. The transition to full electric mobility is of key importance to the transition to clean energy in general, and also to the quality of people’s lives in our cities through reduction of noise and air pollution. With our group companies We Drive Solar, Floading, BrightBlu, and Deftpower, Koolen Industries is able to deliver the complete range of smart EV charging solutions required for further acceleration of EV adoption. The addition of ParkBee to our portfolio offers great opportunities to further facilitate the transition to EV’s in cities by providing smart charging solutions to EV drivers, next to helping people parking their cars in a safe and easy manner across cities in Europe. So, our ambition “Clean Energy for Everyone” also encompasses clean mobility and clean air for everyone”.

Enable European expansion and accelerate transition to EV

“With this investment, we can move forward with full force. ParkBee can continue the plans for expansion in Europe, but it also offers opportunities to accelerate the transition of the fleet to EV via smart and wider charging options in the parking garages. We are delighted that a renowned and experienced entrepreneur like Kees Koolen is joining ParkBee as an investor. Someone with so much experience in the world of tech platforms on board is a recognition for the work and dedication of everyone within ParkBee.” thus Werner Paul Boerma, CEO of Parkbee.

About Koolen Industries

Koolen Industries’ mission is to make clean energy and clean mobility the new normal for everyone. Available. Attainable. Affordable. Koolen Industries invests in cleantech companies and enables its group companies to perform and co-create. By working together in the group and with outside partners, Koolen Industries delivers integral turn-key clean energy & mobility solutions to customers through a one-stop-shop concept.

Media Relations Koolen Industries

Ynte de Vries

+31 6 22 08 52 04

About ParkBee

ParkBee is on a mission to improve the way car parking operates in Europe’s increasingly dense and populated cities. While street-parking is difficult to find and is occupying valuable urban space, there is often an easy and underutilised off-street parking alternative around the corner. ParkBee is the smart platform for stress-free off-street parking, taking cars off the streets and giving space back to the city.

Media Relations ParkBee

Saskia van Zee

+31 6 14 96 93 27


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