Holland Forges Ahead With Smart Charging

In 2016, the Netherlands province of North Brabant, in partnership with the province of Limburg, launched a tender procedure for the installation of 2,500 electric transport charging points.

Electric charging

Electric charging

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Public-private investment

The tender procedure will be completed in early 2017. However, it was already clear in 2016 that this is the largest regional tender to date. In addition, it will result in new charging points being put in place without any investments from government authorities.

Sustainable energy

The province of North Brabant aims to have 12,000 public or semi-public charging points in place by 2020 to enable an increase to 100,000 electric vehicles. Under this tender procedure, during the years leading up to and including 2019, charging stations which comply with the latest smart charging standards will be installed in both provinces. Because the contractor will allow third parties to provide services through their charging stations, they will be suitable for charging using locally-generated sustainable energy. In future, for example, this will enable e-drivers in North Brabant and Limburg to charge their cars using energy generated from their own solar panels.

100,00 electric cars by 2020

In addition, in the summer of 2016 the province of North Brabant and Enexis presented the results of the “Smart Charging in North Brabant” pilot project. As part of this project, 255 new smart charging stations were installed in 35 municipalities in North Brabant. The pilot of the scheme for smart charging outside peak hours using the Enexis electricity grid was successful. The pilot project will continue until 2020. By then, the province wants to have 100,000 electric cars on its roads that can use local sustainable energy and smart technology and services.

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