Social charging station

3 October 2018

With a growing number of electric cars, Amsterdam is becoming greener, but it also poses a problem. Because how do we charge all those electric cars? At the Marineterrein we are working on a solution: the social charging station.

It’s an annoyance for electric drivers; unnecessarily occupied charging stations. Once a car is charged, the car just stays there, causing a shortage of charging points. Installing more charging stations is not the solution. Not only is it very expensive, but the electricity network also can’t handle that. This is because all charging stations must be able to run at maximum power at the same time, which makes the peak load higher. The latter is a barrier: you can’t just increase electricity networks.

Social charging stations can do more and cost less

In order to solve this, ‘the social charging station’ experiment is taking place at the Marineterrein. This smart charging station knows when the car is (sufficiently) charged, and then disconnects automatically. This allows other electric riders to use the plug for their own car. But there are more benefits. This one charging station has a physical range of six cars. So fewer charging stations are needed and that saves costs. Moreover, the electricity grid doesn’t become overloaded, because cars are charged in succession instead of simultaneously.

Further development

The social charging station is right around the corner at the main entrance of the Marineterrein and has been installed in collaboration with Alliander DGO, one of the organizations on the Marineterrein, and Allego, the company that makes the charging stations. We are now working on scaling up the project and applications in inner-city areas. In the meantime, work is also being done to improve the stations themselves, for example by adding a ‘fast loading’ or ‘slow loading’ function, depending on the capacity of the energy network.

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