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The municipality of Utrecht will accelerate the installation of hundreds of charging stations and fast chargers in residential areas, at sports fields and shopping centers. These are intended for passenger cars, taxis and delivery vans. Utrecht is doing this because more and more people are driving electric. It is expected that by 2030 a fifth of passenger cars in Utrecht will be electric.
“We are working on a healthy city for current and future generations,” says Alderman Eva Oosters (Environmental and Emissionless Transport). “Many Utrecht residents walk, cycle and use public transport. Sometimes cars are still necessary, so it is good that they are electric as much as possible. That is why we provide sufficient charging stations. If more and more people start driving electric, we will have less harmful air pollution in our city.”
Exactly how many charging stations will be added depends on the demand. The municipality only installs charging stations when existing charging stations are occupied too often. So that users can charge their car when needed.
In order to meet the demand in the coming years, the installation rate is estimated to increase from approximately 20 to 30 charging stations per month. It is estimated that about 1,300 public charging stations will be added until 2030. Two cars can be charged at the same time at each pole.
In addition, 460 fast chargers will be installed at 19 shopping centers and sports facilities in the coming years. With these fast chargers, cars can be fully charged in 30 minutes. Fast chargers are placed around the station for taxis. About 60 fast chargers will be installed along the highway ring.
In 2023, the municipality will also start developing truck chargers at the truck parking on Proostwetering and the future parking on Isolatorweg.
All electric charging stations and fast chargers are bi-directional, meaning they can charge and return power to the grid when needed. Together with the grid operator and companies, the municipality is working on matching the supply and demand of electricity and making smarter use of the grid capacity.