Belgium: De Lijn converts to plug-in hybrid buses
Flemish public transport operator De Lijn procures 44 new articulated buses with plug-in hybrid drives to green its operations. In addition, the operator will also convert 280 existing hybrid buses to plug-in hybrids to increase their electric range, out of a total fleet of 530.
Fastned to build fast-chargers in Flanders
Dutch charging infrastructure specialist Fastned has been selected by the West Flemish Intercommunale (WVI) in Belgium to implement five large fast-charging stations in commercial areas – mainly on main roads in West Flanders.
Flanders targets 30,000 new charging points by 2025
The Belgian region of Flanders is reserving 30 million euros to build up to 30,000 additional charging points by 2025. This was announced by Flemish Mobility Minister Lydia Peeters. The aim is to provide a fast-charging facility with every 25 kilometres along the major transport axes.
BE: Engie installs new wind park + charging island
In cooperation with Engie, the port of Zeebrugge becomes the location of the largest onshore wind farm in Flanders with a total capacity of 44 MW. Engie will also install the country’s largest EV charging island with 308 charging points by EVBox.
The city of Brussels to ban petrol and diesel 2035
The Brussels regional government in Belgium is banning diesel vehicles from 2030 and petrol vehicles from 2035. Meanwhile, the Flemish Region of Belgium has announced that it will discontinue its subsidy programme for electric vehicles from January 2020.
Belgium: Electric buses coming to Ghent and Leuven
VDL Bus & Coach has received an order from Flanders. Transport operator De Lijn wants to buy 146 buses in total, among them a large batch of hybrid models and some all-electric ones to arrive early next year. The buses will serve on routes in Ghent and Leuven.