AVERE Belgium, the local branch of the European Association for Electromobility, currently has about 10,000 charging stations on Belgian territory. It has established 3,000 public charging stations, 4,500 company charging stations and 2,500 private charging stations. Charging stations can also be programmed as prime or public if they are located on semi-private or private land. This means that charging stations can be made accessible to your own employees only or to the general public.
How is Belgium doing in comparison to the other EU member states? There are currently around 100,000 public charging stations on EU soil, and this number is increasing by the day. It is interesting to see that those charging stations are highly concentrated in four countries: the Netherlands (28%), Germany (22%), France (14%) and the United Kingdom (12%). With 32,900 charging stations, the Netherlands is the clear leader in terms of public charging infrastructure. If you look at the ratio between the territory's surface area and the number of charging stations, Belgium is in tenth place.
The EU calculated that we will need two million charging stations by 2025 if we want to get anywhere near the 25% CO2 reduction target by that time. The plan is to phase out combustion engines and sharply increase the number of electric and hybrid vehicles. The extent to which this is realistic has yet to become clear – installing 1.9 million additional charging stations in seven years' time is no mean feat.