The Brussels government has launched a project call to boost the rollout of charging stations for electric vehicles. All owners of private car parks in Brussels have a chance of receiving a subsidy on the condition that their charging stations run on green electricity, are public, and are accessible 24/7.
This has been confirmed by the Brussels Minister for Climate Transition, Environment, and Energy, Alain Maron (Ecolo). By 2035, the year that the city will ban ICE cars totally, the Brussels government wants to install 11 000 publicly accessible charging points. But acceleration is necessary: only 60 charging stations have been installed out of 221 approved requests and locations in three years.
On the other hand, 246 new charging stations – equivalent to 492 charging points – will be installed on Brussels roads this year. EnergyVision won the contract for the charging stations. The Brussels green energy company intends to install 5 000 charging stations in Belgium in the next two years.
Off public roads
The project call that is now being launched – Low Emission Mobility – focuses on developing charging infrastructure off public roads. The idea is that the public space should be occupied as little as possible by the charging network to be developed.
Because the installation of charging infrastructure means that the electrical capacity of the network has to be reinforced and therefore entails costs, the Brussels government is prepared to bear up to 50% of the investments.
Budget of € 500 000
Apart from car park owners, the call for projects is also open to taxi companies and logistics service providers. The electrification of the car fleet in these sectors plays a vital role in the energy transition of the Brussels region, says the Maron cabinet.
This year, the Brussels government is making € 500 000 available for these subsidies. Applications can be submitted until 15 July. The minimum subsidy per project is € 25 000, and the maximum subsidy per project manager is € 100 000.
Maron points out that the federal government has already decided to grant tax breaks for those who install charging stations. This investment is currently 200% tax-deductible; between 2023 and 31 August 2024, this will be 150%. A condition is that the infrastructure must be accessible to third parties.
Anyone with questions about the installation of charging stations can contact a new ‘charging infrastructure facilitator’ in Brussels.