Charging infrastructure

The Dutch infrastructure for the supply of electric energy is of high quality and superior performance. The infrastructure for charging electric vehicles (EV’s) is well organised. Private and public parties have created an open and competitive market model for the development of the EV charging infrastructure. The Netherlands has made national agreements on interoperability, corresponding to European standards. Many charging systems in use in the Netherlands have been interoperable since the beginning of 2011.

Lower cost
At the end of 2014 the National Charging Infrastructure Knowledge Platform Foundation (NKL) was founded. The NKL’s goal is to lower the cost of public infrastructure for all stakeholders through shared projects. To that end, the foundation is working to optimise the installation process, which involves the distribution system operator, charging point operator, and municipality.

Fast charging
Also a network of fast-charging stations is being rolled out along Dutch highways. Many regional governments, cities, and companies now provide EV fast chargers in parking lots. The Netherlands has selected fast charging as a necessary option to complete the country’s charging infrastructure. Over 600 fast charging points are available by the beginning of 2017 throughout the Netherlands.

Significant growth
Following the EV trend, the number of charging stations has grown significantly. Aside from a number of public and semi-public charging stations which are easy to monitor, there are also private charging stations. The number of private charging stations has reached 72,000 by the end of 2016. Altogether the Dutch EV charging infrastructure grew substantially in 2016. The number of public charging points rose from 18,251 to 26,700. Private charging points rose from 55,000 to 72,000. Finally, the number of fast-chargers rose from 465 to 612.