Sunceco, as producer of EV charging points, actively monitors the trends in the field of EV vehicles and EV charging stations. Here are best practices from Netherlands.
The Netherlands, situated on 41,543 sqkm and with around 17 million inhabitans is No.1 among European countries in quantity of public EV charging points with clear political decisions to continue with the trend and balance its needs for electricity. The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management recently announced subsidies for vehicle-to-grid charging stations that could help to balance grid loads by providing electricity from electric vehicle batteries. The Ministry is making available 5 million euros of funding to support the construction of 472 intelligent charging stations with vehicle-to-grid functionality in more than 21 municipalities. The first smart charging stations for public use are due to be put into operation this year.
The Ministry also proclaimed plans to make vehicle-to-grid functionality, which is currently only supported by the Nissan Leaf and Renault Zoe, available for a range of car models. Owners who make their electric car or its battery available when there is a high demand for energy are expected to receive long-term monetary rewards in return. Drivers should be able to determine for themselves what proportion of their battery capacity they wish to supply to the power grid so that they always have enough power in their batteries for their planned journeys.
The Dutch government estimates that there will be around 12,000 electric cars on the road in Utrecht alone by next year, which means that the city will require more than 1,600 charging stations.
Source: Power2Drive Europe (1/2020)