The French energy company TotalEnergies has won a tender from the city of Ghent to install 800 new charging points by 2025 and to operate them for ten years. For Total, this is already the third such order from a major Belgian city.
The exact locations of the 800 new charging points have not yet been determined. The municipality of Ghent and Total have agreed to allow individuals and businesses in the district to submit applications to install a charging point near their premises or workplaces. This will include residents, taxi companies, car sharing companies and local businesses. In addition to these location proposals, the city wants to analyse the use of existing charging points in districts with high demand and to add new points to reinforce the existing infrastructure.
Total has not revealed how many AC and DC charging points are among the 800 new charging points that are to be built in addition to the existing infrastructure. This, in addition to the submission of applications from local residents, suggests that AC charging points are likely to account for most, if not all of the charging points. The charging points are to be powered exclusively by green electricity generated in an offshore wind power plant off the coast of Belgium.
Filip Watteeuw, Deputy Mayor of Ghent in charge of mobility, says: “This extension of our public charging infrastructure is intended to provide a solution for drivers who do not have their own charging station either at home or at work. By 2022, the number of charging stations will increase significantly so that we can support the transition to electric mobility.”
In September, TotalEnergies was awarded the contract for the long-term expansion and operation of the charging infrastructure in the Belgian city of Antwerp. In Brussels, TotalEnergies operates the Charge.Brussels charging network. In total (no pun intended), this already amounts to 3,500 charging points, 3,000 of which are in Antwerp. Here, TotalEnergies emphasises that it is developing a “complete network of High Power Chargers” at its petrol stations throughout the country with 175 kW charging points.
Bernadette Spinoy, CEO of TotalEnergies Marketing Belgium said: “This partnership rewards the quality of our EV charging offering and the commitment of our teams, fully focused on our customers and future users.” She noted that: “This new contract contributes to the acceleration of our transformation into a broad energy company.”
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