Electromobility: deployment of the national infrastructure of 800 public charging stations by 2020

09-electromobiliteAs of 9 November 2015, the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy, Etienne Schneider, and the Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures, François Bausch, presented the current stage of deployment of the terminals of the public national infrastructure, first to the representatives of local authorities, and then to the press.

The idea is to have 800 public charging terminals for cars powered by an electric motor and for hybrid cars with rechargable batteries ('plug-in' hybrid cars) set up by 2020. 400 terminals are going to be installed throughout the national territory on Park+Ride parking lots, the rest at municipal parking lots and public parking spaces. Each terminal is equipped with two charging points. Thus, a total of 1,600 parking spaces are going to be dedicated to the charging of cars.

The 400 terminals on Park+Ride parking lots are going to ease the transfer of drivers from their cars to the public transport system. The number of terminals on P+R lots depends on their capacity. All the parking lots with a minimum of 35 spaces are going to be equipped with a minimum of one charging terminal.

The 400 terminals to be arected in public spaces are going to be located on public municipal spaces and lots. The maximum number of terminals per municipality depends on the number of inhabitants and the projected number of jobs in 2020. However, each municipality is going to receive a minimum of one terminal. The exact location of each terminal will have to respect a number of criteria, among which is the proximity to points of interest, such as business parks, schools, tourist, cultural or sports sites, businesses, town halls or public administrations.

The Minister of Sustainable Development and Infrastructures, François Bausch, said that 'the final location of each terminal is defined by the municipality in cooperation with the distribution system operators that ensure the deployment, operation and maintenance of the public infrastructure related to electric mobility. The costs incurred by the related distribution system operators are covered by the tariffs for use of low-voltage networks. The charging infrastructure must allow free choice of supplier and must have a uniform means of payment throughout the national territory.'

During the presentation, the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy, Etienne Schneider insisted on deploying in parallel a common central system for data communication between the load terminals and suppliers: 'As part of the concept of 'smart metering' for electricity, each charging station will be linked to a smart meter. Thus, electric cars will be integral to an intelligent system for the better management of electricity networks. The 800 terminals will be interconnected as a future component of the necessary technology infrastructure according to the thought of Jeremy Rifkin. In addition, combined with the growing range of electric vehicles, the network of public charging stations will give new impetus to the spread of electric mobility in Luxembourg.'

(Source: Press release of the Ministry of the Economy and the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Infrastructure / Department of the Environment)

  • Updated 11-11-2015