The electric car is gaining ground. Nevertheless, at present, a long journey in an electric car is not as relaxing as it should be. This is why Luxembourg has stepped up the deployment of charging stations at a "SuperChargy" speed!
In Luxembourg, the automotive sector has witnessed a significant boost in terms of its electromobility sales over the past few years. With 5,158 new registrations in 2020 (corresponding to 28.3% of new registrations at the end of the year), the success of electric and plug-in hybrid cars is undeniable. In total, 9,441 electric cars are in circulation on the country's roads.
These figures are rising and electric vehicles seem to have finally broken free of their niche-market status. However, to ensure a smooth driving experience with renewable energy, you need a network of charging stations.
In the kingdom of electric mobility, charging stations reign supreme
Luxembourg is fully aware of this challenge and has placed the roll-out of a network of charging stations at the heart of its strategy to develop electric mobility. Therefore, it plans to install 88 ultra-fast charging stations in all regions of the country, distributed across 19 stations.
The deployment of these "SuperChargy” stations (160-320 kW) for 100% electric cars is set to implemented progressively up to 2023. That, at least, is the ambitious target set by the government.
The stations will be installed at motorway service areas and on major arterial roads in the country. Les deux premières bornes sont déjà opérationnelles au Kirchberg (Parking Université du Luxembourg - Campus Kirchberg).
From Chargy to SuperChargy
These ultra-fast recharging stations, with the "SuperChargy" logo, can be used with the same means of identification as the "Chargy" stations. From the second quarter of 2021, they will be equipped with a debit and credit card payment system .
The "SuperChargy" charging infrastructure allows users to recharge their electric cars with a single charging card at all compatible charging stations, irrespective of the supplier.
According to the station network managers, the new ultra-fast charging stations represent a key component in the national roll-out strategy. The objective is to improve the infrastructure necessary for the deployment of electric mobility. It is based on the following principle: “Practical, clean and close to home”.
Chargy hits new heights
At present, the "Chargy” system has around 800 "Chargy” and "Chargy-OK" stations of which 460 are open to the general public. Each station is equipped with two charging points, thus creating up 1,600 parking spaces dedicated to electric mobility.
In recent months, electric cars have literally received a massive energy boost! More than 130,000 kilowatt hours have been charged at charging stations - the equivalent of a distance of 800,000 kilometres.
At present, it is evident that electric mobility offers the best alternative for our future transport needs. Therefore, in the past few years, various initiatives have been undertaken to foster its development.
In order to encourage users to make the transition to electromobility, the subsidy scheme has been consolidated for zero or low-emission vehicles when purchasing a car. Therefore, when you buy an electric car, you are eligible for a subsidy of up to € 8,000. Please note, State subsidies may be subject to change. Make sure that you are fully informed before purchasing an electric vehicle.
If you own, rent or use an electric car, at some point you will need a private charging station in your garage or in the car park of your building. In this case, you may be eligible for certain State subsidies for the purchase of a private electric charging station. Contact your municipality or energy provider for more information.