A fast-charger every 25 km on Flemish motorways by the end of 2025

By the end of next year, EV drivers will be able to access 130 (ultra) fast-charging points on Flemish motorways. Actually, there are already 95 of them available.

“With this, the Flemish government will meet its target of installing every 25 km charging infrastructure along or close to motorways by the end of 2025,” says the Agency for Roads and Traffic (AWV). Electric charging is also being further rolled out for e-trucks.

Currently, 95 locations with fast-charging infrastructure

There are currently 95 locations in Flanders along or near motorways with fast-charging infrastructure for EVs. At 71 locations, these are ultra-fast chargers with a capacity of at least 150 kilowatts. So, by the end of 2025, 35 more locations will be added.

The construction of such charging infrastructure requires a lot of preparation, says the AWV, which also reports that by accelerating the rollout, Flanders is also reaching the European targets for charging infrastructure for passenger transport earlier than planned.

The work of private companies

A 350-kilowatt ultra-fast charger providing maximum power for an hour is equivalent to the daily consumption of an average of 30 households. Achieving this often requires an extension of the electricity grid and the construction of a distribution cabin, which requires an environmental permit.

Moreover, since the war in Ukraine, waiting times for obtaining materials to build ultra-high-speed infrastructure have increased.

To be clear: these are private companies that install, operate, and maintain the charging facilities. “As a government, we provide the locations and create the preconditions, but the investment and associated risks are borne by our private partners,” says the AWV.

More powerful charging stations for e-trucks are also targeted. They will be compulsorily rolled out during ongoing renovations of motorway car parks, and new locations managed by the AWV will be included in project calls from the Department of Mobility and Public Works.

Faster installation of charging points needed in the EU

The number of charging points and fast chargers grew faster in Belgium last year than the European average and in Belgium’s neighboring countries. However, this is partly a distorted picture, as Brussels and certainly Wallonia are lagging behind.

Europe decided last year that charging stations for EVs should be found along major European motorways at least every 60 km from 2026. Two years later, this should apply to half of Europe’s road network.

There are currently 630,00 public charging stations in Europe, of which 150,000 were installed last year. According to the European Commission, there should be 3.5 million charging stations by 2030. To hit this number, almost three times as many charging points would have to be installed every year.

About two-thirds of the existing charging points are concentrated in three countries: the Netherlands, France, and Germany.

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