Electric mobility gathers speed in Luxembourg The ultra-fast public charging stations are now available on the Luxembourg motorway network

The automotive sector has seen its electromobility sales take off in recent years, with an increasing number of electric and hybrid vehicle registrations. Luxembourg is supporting this environmentally friendly initiative by providing an extensive network of public charging stations, which are now available on the motorways.

Electromobility given a boost with Chargy and SuperChargy

A first step with the Chargy terminals

The network of public charging points for electric cars and plug-in hybrids was launched in the Grand Duchy in 2017, it was given the name Chargy. In 2022, more than 700 charging stations are available to users across the country on public car parks in the municipalities and on the P+R network, offering easy access to public transport. The objective is to reach a total of 1,600 charging points dedicated to electric mobility.

Each station has two charging points that can be adjusted between 3.7kW and 22kW depending on the type of vehicle. All network charging points have a standard payment method: the multi-functional Chargy mKaart smart card. Users must subscribe with a charging service provider in order to access the stations using their Chargy card. The service also offers several other options: users can view their electricity charges, locate charging stations and reserve a charging point. To take advantage of these services, just go to the my.chargy.lu website or the Chargy mobile app.

What is Chargy OK?

There is an increasing number of charging stations for private customers. They are called Chargy OK and are connected to the public network: these stations are compatible with the Chargy platform and can be used in the same way. 

Au Luxembourg, l'objectif est d'atteindre un total de 1.600 emplacements de stationnement dédiés à la mobilité électrique.
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Les deux premières bornes SuperChargy ont vu le jour en 2021 au parking de l'Université du Luxembourg - Campus de Kirchberg.
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Ultra-fast charging with SuperChargy

Luxembourg has moved up a gear with the deployment of a new generation of charging stations: SuperChargy. The first ultra-fast charging stations came into service in 2021 in the car park of the University Luxembourg – Kirchberg Campus. Now, they are spread across the country. The aim is to install 90 charging stations by 2024.

On 27 June 2023, the first "SuperChargy" public ultra-fast charging stations from the "Kempower" brand were inaugurated in Pontpierre. The symbolic opening of this station along the A4 towards Esch-sur-Alzette marks not only the continued densification of the "SuperChargy" network, but also the integration of the new generation of ultra-fast charging points. "With more than 3,000 publicly accessible charging points for a total fleet of over 30,000 registered electric cars, the Grand Duchy continues to have one of the densest charging networks in the European Union. It is vital that the number of charging stations continues to grow in line with the number of electric vehicles. What's more, ultra-fast recharging stations, like this one at the Pontpierre area, are crucial for long-distance travel across Europe in a 100% electric car", says the Minister for Mobility, François Bausch.

Since July 2022, the SuperChargy stations are available on the motorways of Luxembourg, at the areas of Capellen (service area on the motorway to Belgium) and in Berchem (motorway to France). At each of these charging stations, a total of six charging points are now operational. As such, Luxembourg is now ready to welcome people who want to travel across the country in 100% electric car.

With the introduction of SuperChargy charging points, the charging power has increased considerably: they supply between 160kW and 350kW, depending on the configuration of the site and the capabilities of each vehicle. They can be used with the same means of identification and payment as the standard Chargy stations. Moreover, users who do have not entered into a contract with a charging service provider can also pay with a bank card at a fixed price displayed on the screen of the charging terminal.

With the recent initiatives carried out by private stakeholders, who have installed ultra-fast charging points near motorway junctions, there is now one ultra-fast charging station on the trans-European road transport network in Luxembourg every 20km on average, in both directions.

By 2024, a total of 90 ultra-fast charging stations will be located at 18 stations and service areas on motorways and other main arterial roads in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

Subsidies for private charging stations

To encourage more people to adopt electric and 'soft' mobility options, and thus contribute to the development of clean, sustainable mobility, a new subsidy has been introduced for the purchase and installation of new electric-vehicle charging stations. Only natural persons who own or lease the parking space where the charging station is to be installed may apply for this subsidy.

The financial aid is granted for investments made between 1st July 2020 and 30th June 2023 inclusive. Applications must be filed no later than 12 months after the last invoice issued in connection with the investment.

The subsidy covers 50% of the cost, excluding VAT, to purchase and install the charging station, with different thresholds depending on the type of building where the charging station is located.