The first trading port in Europe and economic powerhouse of The Netherlands, Rotterdam, is no stranger to the importance of mobility. But given the city’s position just two meters above sea level, it’s also sensitive to climate change. To encourage the shift to electric transportation, ENGIE and its subsidiary EVBox are deploying 3,000 smart, efficient, and connected charging stations in 20 cities across The Netherlands, including Rotterdam and The Hague.
“Over the past few years, we've gained extensive experience on how to optimize the usage of the charging network by implementing smart charging technology. Cities like Rotterdam are key for us to continue learning and build an even better success story alongside ENGIE.”Kristof Vereenooghe, CEO at EVBox.
To help make transportation more sustainable in Rotterdam, ENGIE and its subsidiary EVBox implemented its mobility program. ENGIE was tasked with the installation, management, and operation of thousands of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across Rotterdam (12 municipalities in total), as well as supplying the energy that powers the vehicles. But for a solution to truly spark behavior change, it needs to be convenient for the user. That’s why the charging stations have been strategically placed across the city—train stations, parking lots—and future locations are determined based on locals’ needs. Citizens can request new charging stations near their homes and places of work via an online portal, which takes care of the verification process and steps for the installation of the charging stations