Antwerp contracts TotalEnergie to expand EV charging network
TotalEnergies has won Antwerp’s public tender to install and maintain electric vehicle charging infrastructure across Belgium’s second-largest city. The energy arm of France’s petrochemical giant Total will exclusive expand the existing network with both AC and high power charging stations.
The city of Antwerp has awarded TotalEnergies the contract until 2034 for standard charging points (22 kW) and until 2038 for high power charge points (no kW has been specified). The agreement covers the supply, installation and commercial operation of the public charging network. Antwerp also points out that TotalEnergies will power all charge points with renewable energy from offshore wind farms.
None of the partners names concrete numbers for the deal. It, however, follows Total’s existing engagement in Belgium, where the company operates the public network Charge.Brussels and medium & high-power charge points at its service stations.
TotalEnergies also points out that Antwerp joins a growing list of cities relying on the company. Most recently, Amsterdam gave TotalEnergies a concession to add 1,100 new charging stations resulting in 2,200 new charging points. Total when announcing the deal in June said it would take a data-driven approach to decide where to place the charge points but would not disclose more information.
The same is true for Antwerp. However, Koen Kennis, First Alderman in charge of mobility for the city of Antwerp, indicated the requirement for charging stations to be deployed in a way that preserves the urban aesthetics while keeping a fair number of parking spaces for the inhabitants.
By 2025, TotalEnergies aims to operate more than 150,000 charging points for electric cars.
The French group’s decision to rename itself TotalEnergies was decided by the Annual General Meeting on 1 June 2021. Its portfolio continues to rely on oil and biofuels, natural gas and green gases, renewables and electricity.