‘Grid in Belgian capital ready for electric car’
An electric car has a smaller ecological footprint than a car with an internal combustion engine. However, the critical question is whether there will be enough electricity in the future to charge these cars.
For example, is the Brussels electricity network capable of supplying the electricity that a new fleet would require? According to the Brussels electricity and natural gas network manager Sibelga, “recharging electric vehicles will not cause significant overload problems for our network the coming decade.”
Newspaper La Capitale dug it out: on its site, Sibelga explains, “with the arrival of electric vehicles, our electricity network will have to cope with peaks in consumption linked to recharging batteries”, but the regional network “has a significant reserve of capacity”. This is even so if electric vehicles were to make up to 20 to 30% of the Belgian car fleet in 2030, as some forecasts suggest.
Charge at work
However, Sibelga recommends not waiting until the battery is empty before recharging it. “The electric vehicle must be recharged when not in use. Knowing that our car is parked on average 95% of the time, this gives us plenty of time to do so.”
For example, we can charge all day long with a regular recharge at work. The same thing in the evening at home (when you pay a lower nightly tariff), which makes at least 2×8 hours of charging. For those who do not have a garage or charging point at work, Sibelga aims to install charging points on the streets or help companies to do so.
17 at present
According to vrt.news, the number of public charging points for electric vehicles in Brussels is at 17 at present, but another 35 should be added by the end of the winter. This figure only concerns public charging points, and there are many more on, for example, private parking lots.
The aim is to go to 100 points on public roads, which will be done by PitPoint, although the Flemish political party, CD&V, wants to raise the number of electric charging stations in Brussels to 4.000.
The City of Brussels offers a tax exemption on parking spaces to businesses and professions, provided they equip the parking lots with a charging point for electric vehicles.