Electric cars: inauguration of the first link in a Flemish network of charging stations
Friday, 12 May 2017
The first electric vehicle charging station of a large public network of 2,500 terminals, to be set up in Flanders over the next four years, was inaugurated on Thursday in Ostend. “This is an important step in the energy transition”, said Flemish Energy Minister Bart Tommelein.
The network that will be deployed is part of the Flemish government’s plans to promote electric mobility. By 2020, the Flemish government is counting on having 60,000 electric cars in circulation, whereas currently between 4,000 and 5,000 travel the roads of the kingdom.
These vehicles are essentially recharged at home or at work. In only 10% of the cases, recharging takes place in public spaces. The setting up of a public network of charging stations is supposed to convince motorists to make the big leap towards an electric car.
By 2020, 2,500 public terminals are expected in the north of the country, 750 of which are still expected this year. At least one terminal will be installed in each Flemish commune. Distribution system operators Eandis and Infrax collaborated on the project, while the Dutch company Allego was responsible for the delivery, placement and operation of the terminals.