Young start-up E-Load has inaugurated its first powerful public charging station in the industrial zone ‘Europark’ in Houthalen. The Limburg-based company plans to install at least five similar charging stations in the province and is already negotiating with the cities of Genk and Hasselt.
The official inauguration took place on Saturday in the presence of the Flemish Minister of Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld). Minister Peeters intends to reserve 8,2 million euros to support companies installing public charging stations on their sites. The project fits in the context of the Clean Power for Transport 2030 plan Minister Peeters introduced to aim at a CO2 emission reduction of 23% by 2030.
“The first E-Load station in Houthalen has five charging points of 22 kW and two superchargers of 300 kW,” explains E-Load CEO Wim Timmers. “These are the first superchargers away from the highway. Charging at a regular charging point takes four to six hours but with a supercharger, it can be done in about twenty minutes, depending on the type of car.”
The charging station is connected to solar panels with an annual capacity of 135 000 kWh or enough for about 2 000 charging sessions. “We want to operate as climate-neutral as possible,” Timmers says. The project represents a €400 000 investment.
35 000 charging points by 2025
“Flanders’ ambition for electric driving is high. Our country should have 35 000 private and public charging points by 2025, which is in line with the European target of one publicly accessible charging point per ten electric cars,” Minister Peeters explains. “Today, we’ve reached a total of 12 500.”
Minister Peeters’ vision note ‘Clean Power for Transport 2030’ aims at greening transport in Flanders, and reducing CO2 emissions by 23% by 2030. She, therefore, proposes several themes and initiatives, like providing charging infrastructure for electric cars on private and public territory, and charging infrastructure for trucks, buses, and taxis.