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We drive your business.

DKV Mobility

We have a history of almost 90 years successful purpose-driven growth, constantly adapting products and our business model to evolving customer needs. Servicing around 259,000 active customers in more than 50 service countries across Europe with around 1,700 employees, DKV Mobility is a leading B2B platform for on-the-road payments and solutions. We offer access to the largest energy-agnostic acceptance network in Europe, including fuel service stations, public and semi-public EV charge points and alternative fuel service stations. Our suppliers, on the other hand, benefit from the broad customer base using products provided by DKV Mobility.

You drive, we care

You are the focus. You are our source of inspiration and motivation. Your perspective shows us the way and enables us to offer products and services that meet your needs. Nobody knows European roads better than you. Why ignore your expertise?

Mobility means change and, thanks to the trust upon which our work with our partners and daily users is based, our world of mobility can be tailored to best fit the needs and objectives of each individual DKV Mobility customer. Together, we will remain mobile and overcome every challenge that the future has in store.

Our Purpose

A company's purpose is bigger than its products and services. It is the reason for which something is done or created, the reason for its very existence. Our purpose reflects our corporate DNA and addresses the “Why” behind our work.

Since day one, DKV Mobility has always been a purpose-driven company, always in motion. It is our DRIVE that has and will remain our constant companion, pushing us to constantly do better for all our stakeholders.

Mobility, our industry and the backbone of our economy, is changing. As a market leader, it is our responsibility to be a driving force of this TRANSITION.

During this transition, our customers need us more than ever. With access, technology, finance and trust we remain their reliable partner, guiding them towards a more EFFICIENT future.

And by taking this road we create positive SUSTAINABLE change to keep our planet green and turning.

This is our Purpose:

To drive the transition towards an efficient and sustainable future of mobility

DKV Mobility in figures*

~
90

years

History

History of purpose-driven growth

12

billion € transaction volume

Transaktionsvolumen

in 2021

492

million € Revenue

Umsatz

in 2021

~
1,700

Employees

Mitarbeiter

work with us and are highly motivated to make our services a little better every day (date 2021)

~
259,000

active customers

Kunden

are part of our constantly growing network. We proudly care for each individual with heart, soul and passion (date 2021)

~
2,000

Fuel service stations

Akzeptanz

with APP&GO (date 06/2022)

~
67,000

Fuel service stations

Tankstelle

in Europe (date 2021)

~
20,000

Alternative fuel service stations

Alternative Fuel

(date 2021)

~
310,000

EV charge points

Ladepunkte

in Europe (date 06/2022)

~
30,000

Vehicle service stations

Fahrzeugservice

(date 2021)

More than
50

Service Countries

Länder

enable us to help our customers in europe quickly and specifically. (date 2021)

A strong brand for all your requirements

You Drive. We Care.

We are your partner, whatever your destination is.

The DKV Mobility brand has a reputation for quality and has been around for almost 90 years. It has received many awards. In 2021, DKV Mobility was named one of the "Brands of the Century" and in 2022 won the first prize as "TOP Brand" in the industry benchmark - for the eighteenth time in a row.

We continuously develop services and products to make mobility more efficient, seamless, and convenient. We bring our special strengths to bear in access, coverage, technology, finance and trust. For the big players and the small companies.

Kartenfächer

Executive Directors

Each day, DKV Mobility’s around 1,700 employees (date 2021) give their best to drive the transition towards an efficient and sustainable future of mobility. DKV Mobility is led by an experienced management team with a proven track record and many years of experience in the market. Our strong governance structure is backed by the stability provided by the Fischer family, DKV Mobility’s majority owner which is now in the third generation, and CVC, our minority private equity investor.

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MARCO VAN KALLEVEEN CEO

Marco van Kalleveen was appointed CEO of DKV Mobility in 2019. Most recently, Marco van Kalleveen was Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board of LeasePlan, one of the world's leading vehicle leasing companies. Previously, he was a member of the board of directors of the global logistics service provider TNT Express and a partner at McKinsey. The business administration graduate has an MBA from Harvard Business School and has extensive international management experience and proven expertise in the areas of mobility and logistics.

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PETER MEIER CFO

Peter Meier has been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of DKV Mobility since 2020. In this function, he is responsible for Finance & Financial Services, IT, Operations and Project Management Office. Born in Switzerland, Peter Meier has many years of experience as CFO of global companies. Most recently, he was CFO of HERE Technologies, one of the leading providers of digital ticketing and location-based platform services. Before joining HERE, he was CFO and later CEO of the KUONI Group, an international travel provider.

The Administrative Board

The Administrative Board supervises the DKV Mobility Group, overseeing and monitoring its activities.

The Administrative Board consists of seven members:

  • Jan Fischer (Chairman)
  • Martin Kraus
  • Rainer Kröll
  • Dr. Jörg Schrottke
  • Dr. Alexander Dibelius
  • Dr. Daniel Pindur
  • Stefan Moosmann

Moreover, the Administrative Board comprises two board observers in its regular meetings:

  • Nicole Fischer
  • Claus Zebe

Our company history

We are always in motion. It’s in our DNA and runs through our teams of highly dedicated people. For almost 90 years, we have pioneered products and services to make mobility more efficient, seamless, and convenient. The Fischer family, majority owner and active shareholder of DKV Mobility, for three generations, focuses on sustainable value creation, profitable growth and competitiveness, all with a long-term perspective.

Accompany us on a journey through time to find out.

1934-Foundation
1934
Foundation of DKV

Dr. Friedrich Gercke, Karl Kniebaum, Otto Köther and Helmut Winter, establish DEUTSCHE KRAFTVERKEHR GmbH (German road transport) in Duisburg. The newly formed company organises and arranges road transport for the German Reichsbahn and Bundesbahn railway networks until 1953.

1949-transport-box
1949
The "transport box"

Subsidiary company Waldholz-Transport GmbH develops a standard shipping-container for transporting goods as far back as the 1930s. The so-called "transport box" significantly reduces loading and unloading times. However, this innovative system is unable to achieve market penetration due to the political situation.

1950-knights-of-the-road
1950
For the knights of the road

DKV launches products and services aimed at increasing the profitability of goods shipments and improving the comfort and safety of drivers. In addition to introducing the Tankschecks the precursors to today's fuel cards), and a network of 26 contract fuel stations, a DKV fuel atlas is published for the first time. To ensure no time is lost searching for accommodation when travelling over long distances, DKV drivers' hostels are set-up from 1951.

1955-service-network
1955
Foundation stone for the current service network

Shortly after termination of the cooperation with the German railways, the sale of diesel becomes the core business of DKV, thereby laying the foundation stone for today’s fuel station network. At the same time, Heinrich Eckstein becomes a shareholder. DKV's business expandsed throughout Europe.

1957-newshareholder
1957
New shareholder

Founding fathers Dr. Gercke and Karl Kniebaum leave DKV. Heinrich Eckstein attracts Ernst Grimmke as a DKV shareholder. Each man holds 50% of the shares. From 1959, DKV's head office is located at Tonhallenstrasse in Düsseldorf.

1960-delivery-note
1960
Introduction of the DKV delivery notes

DKV launches the DKV delivery notes for the first time. This means that drivers no longer need to exchange currencies, thereby facilitating more rapid transportation.

1963-renaming-of-the-company
1963
Renaming of the company

Heinrich Eckstein resigns as a result of differing opinions relating to corporate objectives. The new name of the company is DEUTSCHER KRAFTVERKEHR Ernst Grimmke GmbH & Co.KG. DKV is already present in ten European countries. Mineral oil partner CALTEX takes a stake in the company from 1965.

1966-dkv-card
1966
Introduction of the DKV CARD

The DKV CARD is introduced. Haulage firms can now precisely calculate the fuel consumption of their fleets. Every two weeks an invoice is prepared which lists the refuelling details of each individual truck. In order to maintain the independence of DKV, Ernst Grimmke establishes an emergency network of own-brand fuel stations. These are attached to easily accessible truck stops.

1970-magnetic-strip
1970
Introduction of the magnetic strip

During the 1970s, DKV introduces the embossed DKV CARD with a magnetic strip. The company already has contracts with 1,500 fuel stations and 70 truck stops in 17 European countries. In 1971, DKV offers a wide range of services under the "Extra Service" banner. Ernst Grimmke transfers his shares to his daughter, Dr. Karin Fischer in 1972.

1980-added-value
1980
Changes in terms of value added

Along with the invoice, transport companies receive a brochure which contains information on how to reclaim value added tax in the respective country. The company's total capital now amounts to DM 18 million. In the meantime, CALTEX sells its shares to Chevron (from 1986 TEXACO, later renamed RWE/DEA).

1990-toll-station
1990
Europe-wide toll processing

During the 1990s, DKV withdraws from the truck stop business and sells its own-brand truck stops. From 1995, it becomes possible for customers to pay road tolls throughout Europe.

1999-dr-karin-fischer
1999
New shareholder structure

Dr. Karin Fischer initially procures all partnership shares and subsequently sells 45% to the Gothaer Insurance Group. 55% of the company's shares - and therefore a majority holding - are retained by Dr. Karin Fischer.

2002-contactless-toll-recording
2002
Contactless toll recording

ERS (subsequently REMOBIS) is established as a separate subsidiary to provide the VAT refund service. Contactless road toll recording using operator boxes is introduced in 2004 and toll payments are processed using DKV systems. A further milestone in the development of the company is the interoperable DKV BOX which is launched in 2007.

2008-familiy-company
2008
Family company with a corporate structure

Dr. Karin Fischer transfers her partnership shares to her son, Jan Fischer. DKV is now in its third generation of family ownership. In December 2010, the new group structure is introduced. During the following year, the group of companies moves into the newly constructed group headquarters in Ratingen and NOVOFLEET is established with the purpose of offering an alternative solution for commercial car fleets.

2017
2017
Fischer family becomes sole shareholder

Jan Fischer takes over the shares of “Gothaer Versicherung”. 58 years after the takeover by Ernst Grimmke, the Fischer family is now the sole shareholder. The new structure gives DKV Mobility the necessary scope to position itself more strongly in the market.

2019
2019
Transaction for accelerated growth

Jan Fischer identifies a partner, CVC Capital Partners Fund VII (CVC), to successfully drive the growth strategy forward. In 2019, CVC acquires the corresponding minority interest.

2021
2021
The course continues

There are now over 5.1 million fuel cards and on-board units in circulation across 45 European markets. Under the guidance of the Fischer siblings, DKV Mobility continues to expand strongly from 2019. A special focus is placed on the expansion of the core business as well as digitalisation and sustainability.