Several Flemish companies are getting 6,3 million euros in subsidies to install charging points for their light and heavy commercial vehicles. This should add 1 200 new charging points in Flanders for e-trucks and e-vans.
Earlier in the year, the Flemish government opened a call for subsidies for commercial vehicle charging points as part of the ‘Clean Power for Transport’ (CPT) plan. Companies could request up to 300 000 euros per project (20 percent of the total cost) to install the necessary infrastructure to charge their transport fleets.
Not necessarily public
In contrast to previous subsidies for passenger car charging points, these commercial vehicle chargers would not need to be open to the public. Around 109 projects have been granted support, adding just over 1 200 charging points for battery-electric trucks and vans.
Beneficiaries of this subsidy include postal service bpost, which gets support for 305 new AC charging points for its electric delivery vans, and fuel station company G&V, which will install 400 kW fast chargers for e-trucks. Other subsidized companies include Colruyt, Keolis, and charging point management companies Allego and Fastned.
CPEs, not individual chargers
Earlier this Summer, Flanders announced that it had reached 25 000 (semi-)public charging points for electric vehicles, putting the region on track for its goal of 35 000 charging points by 2025. Flanders counts in ‘charging point equivalents’ (CPE), which means that not every CPE is a separate charging point.
The faster the connection, the more CPEs per charger: up to 11 kW counts as 1 CPE, while a 150 kW fast charger counts as 10 CPE. The subsidy for commercial vehicle chargers makes use of the same calculation.
Transport companies can also apply for Flemish subsidies to purchase zero-emission trucks (battery-electric and hydrogen), with up to 125 000 euros for an e-truck and up to 148 500 euros for an e-bus.