Total has received a concession from the Amsterdam Electric Metropolitan Region (MRA-Electric) allowing the Group to install and operate up to 20,000 new charging points in the Netherlands.
The charging infrastructure is to be developed in the provinces of North Holland, Flevoland and Utrecht. According to the oil multinational, the future Total charging network will cover a population of 3.2 million inhabitants and about 15 per cent of the current Dutch demand for public charging. Total has applied for the concession, which it describes as “the largest contract for charging infrastructure in Europe”, with MRA-Electric, an organisational unit that promotes the expansion of electric mobility on behalf of the three neighbouring provinces. These regions, known as the metropolitan region of Amsterdam, are located in the northwest of the Netherlands. However, the cities of Amsterdam and Utrecht themselves are explicitly excluded from the agreement.
With over 4,500 public charging points, Total Netherlands is already the largest shop network operator in the Amsterdam metropolitan region. As part of the new concession agreement, the oil company has committed to providing 100 per cent of its electricity from renewable energy sources. According to the company’s head office, it has also agreed to gradually purchase part of this electricity from the MRA region itself. For this purpose, new possibilities for solar power generation are being investigated on site. Total also states that it intends to use intelligent charging technologies to stabilise the power grid.
“By combining the experience and legacy of our team in the Netherlands -formally PitPoint Clean Fuels – with the expertise of Total in EV charging and Solar Power, we were able to present an innovative offer fitting the needs of both the MRA-Electric and the future users,” says Total marketing director Alexis Vovk. In 2017, Total acquired the Dutch company PitPoint Clean Fuels, and since 1 January 2020, the company’s operations have been fully integrated under the Total umbrella.
With a view to Europe, Total has set itself the goal of operating a total of 150,000 charging points by 2025 and “become a major player in the electric mobility business”. For years, the Group has been buying up companies active in this field to keep pace in this growth area – among others with other oil multinationals such as Shell.