Dutch provinces order 20.000 extra public chargers
After a joint tender, three Dutch provinces, Noord-Holland, Flevoland, and Utrecht, are ordering 20.000 additional public charging stations on top of the 5.000 installed today. The Netherlands is a worldwide forerunner in public chargers and counts on needing two million of them by 2030.
The order was announced on Monday by MRA-E (Metropool Regio Amsterdam Elektrisch) and Minister for Environment Stientje van Velthoven (D66). MRA-E handles public tenders for charging infrastructure for the three provinces and some 80 municipalities.
Installed by PitPoint
By doing these tenders jointly, they can get better offerings and a uniform solution, the minister says. And the winner is PitPoint, the originally Dutch clean fuel and electricity specialist that was bought by French oil company Total in 2017.
Born out of a pioneer in natural gas and bio-gas, PitPoint is now internationally active in CNG, biomethane, hydrogen, and green electricity providing fuel stations, total infrastructure solutions, and integrated systems to government fleets and companies.
100 chargers for Brussels
In October 2018, PitPoint won the Brussels’ tender for a network of 100 charging stations on the public roads. But the project slowed down due to the lack of the 400-Volt network necessary for 22 kW charging points, and by December 2019, only 17 were installed. Quite a contrast with the Netherlands.
In the three Dutch provinces, residents that are planning to drive electric can apply at their local town council for a public charging station nearby. The 20.000 extra chargers will be installed where needed. On average, the lead time between application and installation has been halved by MRA-E to four months.
Two million public chargers
The Dutch government estimates 70% of charging of the future electric car fleet will have to be done at public chargers. In its climate plans, it counts on two million public electric chargers by 2030.
To give an idea about the effort still needed: on December 31st, 2019, the Netherlands counted 27.773 public charging points, available 24/7 for 107.536 fully electric vehicles, and 95.885 plugin hybrids registered. To that adds a network of 21.747 ‘semi-public’ chargers accessible to a limited part of the electric fleet.