Flanders invests 6.4m euros in charging points for heavy goods vehicles

Flemish minister for Mobility Lydia Peeters (Open VLD) is investing 6.4 million euros in the installation of charging points for heavy goods vehicles. This corresponds to 7,169 charging points.

At the beginning of the year, companies were asked to apply for funding to install charging points for their fleets and receive up to 20 per cent of their total investment back, with a maximum of 300,000 euros per company. Now, 109 projects have been approved, which should result in just over 1,200 new charging points.

The selected companies include the Belgian postal service Bpost, Coca-Cola, the supermarket chain Colruyt and bus company Keolis. Fastned, the Dutch company that owns and operates a network of more than 1,500 EV charging stations in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany, the UK and Switzerland, will also receive support from the Flemish government.

Lowering thresholds

Peeters wants to make it easier for transport and bus companies to invest in electric vehicles. The aim is to provide 35,000 charging station equivalents by 2025. Unlike previous subsidies for car charging points, there is no requirement for trucks and vans to be publicly accessible for at least part of the day.

This is the first time that Flanders has intervened structurally in installing charging points for freight transport. Subsidies for charging points on public land for passenger cars were stopped a few years ago as charging point operators rushed to expand the infrastructure without government support.



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