Growth of electric mobility has picked up speed worldwide – driven by government support, an improved offering of electric vehicles by the automotive industry, and a growing familiarity and willingness to buy on the side of the consumer. Together with the growing adoption of electric vehicles, the technology and infrastructure to charge them is developing as well.

However, some fear that charging infrastructure will not meet the expectations. It’s not likely to choose an electric vehicle if you can't be sure if you can charge, or where. Who can solve the chicken-and-egg problems whether to promote electric vehicles by providing enough charge points or to wait until there are actually electric cars around to use them?

In terms of public charging station deployment, the Netherlands is one of the Western European countries that is leading the region. Several initiatives to increase the number of charging stations have been launched and plans have been put in place to increase coverage. Technological developments improving the driving range, as well as an increasing availability and speed of charging infrastructure, will definitely change charging behavior and the need for charging infrastructure in the future.

During this conference, we brought together key researchers and practitioners active in the field of charging infrastructure. We provided an overview of the most significant research projects on charging infrastructure at several tech universities in the Netherlands. There’s so much research, data and technology available. If we can bring together the knowledge that’s already there, if we can bring together the worlds of science and entrepreneurs, we can really make a difference.

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Maarten Steinbuch, Professor Systems and Control
Eindhoven University of Technology

Maarten Steinbuch and Bert Klerk discuss the urgency of an efficient charging infrastructure.

‘We practically invented open standards’

"Why are we hosting this conference on charging infrastructure? We practically invented open standards. We have a tradition of open innovation. We have a tradition of bringing together several stakeholders like science, government, industry and business, creating a lot of opportunities for all."

Maarten Steinbuch is professor Systems and Control at Eindhoven University of Technology. Bert Klerk is Chairman of NKL.