Months of waiting for electric charging sockets are over
The Municipality of ’s Hertogenbosch, Enpuls (part of Enexis) and Allego launched a new plug & play charging plaza today so that e-drivers can avoid having to wait for months after their request for a new charging station to be installed.
Residents of the Haverleij area of ‘s Hertogenbosch are the first to benefit from the installation of this scalable solution. Each of the four new charging plazas has four new charging sockets, but this number can be increased within just two weeks whenever Haverleij area residents need more sockets. With the current capacity, the plazas can be expanded to offer a total of 12 charging sockets per charging plaza.
In order to be able to scale up quickly in Haverleij when charging demand increases, Allego partnered with the Municipality of ’s Hertogenbosch and Enpuls to make all of the preparations necessary for new charging sockets to be installed in a very short period of time. For example, the Municipality of ´s Hertogenbosch has already issued all the traffic rulings required to enable the maximum number of charging sockets that can be installed, and Enpuls has prepared the grid connection for the future number of charging sockets. In addition, the clustered charging facility makes it easier for e-drivers to find a ‘free’ charging socket and contributes to a pleasant urban landscape.
‘Interviews with e-drivers revealed that one of their biggest complaints is having to wait for months after a request for a new charging station to be installed,’ says Allego’s CEO, Anja van Niersen. ‘We have now significantly expedited this process by making effective agreements in advance with the municipality and grid manager in ’s Hertogenbosch.’ Allego intends to apply this concept in more municipalities so as to meet the demand for new charging stations as soon as possible.
The charging stations at car parks have also been made ready for smart charging. The charging speed will be geared to the e-driver’s needs, and smart checks will be performed of when cars are charged to avoid peak overloads. The future possibility of connecting to solar panels will also make it simple for locally generated power from neighbouring houses to be used to charge cars.