Brussels inaugurates first four electric car charging points
Tuesday, the first four charging points of the new Brussels charging network ‘Charge.Brussels’ have been inaugurated in Evere. In the next few years, concession holder PitPoint will roll out some hundred other stations to provide 100% green electricity to Brussels EV motorists.
Tuesday, Mobility Minister, Pascal Smet (sp.a), Environment Minister, Céline Fremault (cdh), Brussels Minister-President, Rudi Vervoort (PS) and PitPoint CEO, Erik Kemink, inaugurated the first four charging points of the future ‘Charge.Brussels’ network.
100 stations by 2020
“After the LEZ, the electric buses and the electric Villo! Bicycles, we are demonstrating that Brussels effectively shows the ambition to be a modern and sustainable city in terms of mobility”, declared Minister Smet.
The new Brussels charging point network will be taken care of by PitPoint. Present in Ghent and Antwerp since 2015, the Dutch company holds the concession until 2028. In the next few years, it will roll out some hundred charging points all around the Region in concentration with local authorities.
By 2020, there should be one station per square kilometre. In the city of Brussels, Alderwoman Els Ampe (Open VLD) already inaugurated a first public charging point by EV-Point last October.
The contract provides the possibility of a citizen request. Installation can be requested by Brussels citizens, car sharing companies or taxi companies with electric vehicles that don’t have the possibility to charge on-site or don’t have a public charging point less than 250 m away.
11 Kw for all vehicles
The chosen model of charging station is made to accept any kind of socket and therefore it can charge any kind of electric vehicle. With a total electric power of 22 kW, it can charge two cars thanks to its two 11 kW sockets.
The electricity each charging station provides is certified 100% green. “This is not only a symbol but a concrete step toward a city that moves, that is sustainable and that fights climate change on all fronts”, adds Minister Fremault.
Free parking while charging
In the contract, PitPoint takes care of everything from installation to maintenance. Therefore, it has no budget impact on the Brussels Region.
Two ways of charging are available. Regular users can register online via a website or an app but occasional users can pay for their charging session by scanning the QR code printed on the charging point. They will be redirected to a dedicated payment website.
The maximum price has been set at 0,2685 euro per kWh. While charging, the parking spaces are free but there is a 6-hour- time limit. After that, violators can get a 50 euro fine.
“If we want electric mobility to gain momentum, we need to make it easier to use”, adds Minister-President Rudi Vervoort, “so installing charging points that are accessible and harmoniously integrated is an important step.”