Additional charging points in the Netherlands to boost sustainable transport

The Netherlands will have dozens of additional charging and refuelling points to boost sustainable transport. In the two years ahead, new projects will be carried out; by the end of 2020, an additional 46 (ultra) speed chargers and 2 hydrogen stations will be in operation.

This will bring the expected number of hydrogen stations in the Netherlands to 16 by 2020. Furthermore, an additional 3 charging points for electric buses and 4 CNG stations will be installed in the Netherlands.

State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven (Infrastructure and Water Management): ‘These investments endorse and reinforce the lead that Belgium and the Netherlands already have in the field of sustainable transport. Repowering your clean vehicle should be as simple as charging your phone, even if you are driving longer distances and crossing the border. These projects bring us one step closer to achieving this goal.’

European project

The investments are made within the framework of BENEFIC, a European project focused on the development of charging and refuelling infrastructure for alternative fuels. The aggregate number of additional charging and refuelling points in the Netherlands, Flanders, and the Brussels Capital Region will total more than 1000. The investments involve more than 5.3 million euros of EU grants; slightly less than 2 million euros will go to projects in the Netherlands.

Better for the environment and for the climate

Sustainable transport is better for the climate, air quality, and the environment; it helps to attain the Dutch goals in this field. Along with Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands are leaders when it comes to electric transport. Ms Van Veldhoven has already set down agreements with her Benelux counterparts regarding simple methods to locate - and easy and univocal payment at - electronic charging points.

BENEFIC

BENEFIC is a supra-national project focused on the development of charging and refuelling infrastructure for alternative transport fuels, such as charging infrastructure for electric passenger cars, electric taxis, and electric buses; CNG and LNG infrastructure; hydrogen refuelling infrastructure; and quayside electricity for the inland shipping sector. BENEFIC is funded by the Connecting Europe Facility programme (CEF) initiated by the European Union.