European countries are striving to meet the CO2 emissions reduction targets set by the European Union (EU).
In order to achieve a 55% reduction by the year 2030 across the 27 member states, it would be necessary to implement approximately seven million public charging stations.
Within this context, four countries stand out for hosting Europe’s largest charging stations.
Germany currently boasts more than 100,000 public points for electric cars.
On the other hand, the Netherlands has more than 123,000 installed units.
Meanwhile, more than 23,000 public chargers have been installed in Norway to service the more than half a million EVs on the country’s roadways.
Finally, the United Kingdom (UK) has more than 45,500.
Furthermore, the UK government has announced a $476 million program to create thousands of public charging points for EV.
Which stations have the most charging points in Europe? Here’s the analysis by Mobility Portal Europe.
The National Exhibition Centre (NEC), one of Europe’s largest exhibition centers located in Birmingham, United Kingdom, has recently opened a station with a total of 180 charging points.
It has 30 fast chargers of up to 300 kW and 150 points of 7 kW.
It utilizes energy from renewable sources, including solar panels installed on the roofs of covered parking areas.
The infrastructure has been developed through a collaboration between NEC, the independent company EV Network, and BP Pulse.
Furthermore, due to its proximity to the Jaguar Land Rover plants and offices, the company has been one of the major supporters of the project.
In August, a total of 32 units of the Jaguar I-Pace simultaneously charged their batteries at the station.
The Netherlands has constructed a sustainable parking facility where electric cars can both charge and supply electricity.
Located at the headquarters of a Dutch insurance company in Utrecht, it is possible to simultaneously charge and discharge 250 eVehicles.
Additionally, this bi-directional charging infrastructure features integrated batteries for energy storage.
The covered parking area, spanning nearly 10,000 square meters, has a roof equipped with over 2,000 solar panels.
DATS 24, the energy and fuel provider for the Colruyt Group, has inaugurated Belgium’s largest station.
This consists of 109 charging points located in the parking lot of the Colruyt Group headquarters in Halle.
It has a total of 54 22 kW charging stations and one fast charger with a 60 kW capacity.
Over time, this station can be expanded to accommodate more than 300 electric vehicles connected simultaneously.
North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Located near the Kamener Kreuz highway interchange, Germany’s busiest traffic interchange, this hub boasts 52 fast charging points, each with a capacity of up to 300 kW.
Depending on the vehicle model, up to 100 kilometers of range can be added in just five minutes.
These units, operated by EnBW, are covered by a large photovoltaic system that rises above all the stations and can generate up to 120 kW of energy.
Norway’s biggest charging station is located at the Vulkan parking garage in central Oslo.
The parking has a total of 100 charging points and two fast chargers.
The charging facility was built in cooperation between Fortum Charge & Drive Norway, property owner Aspelin Ramm Eiendom AS and the city of Oslo.
Edinburgh will soon join the largest charging hubs ranking
In the capital of Scotland, plans have been unveiled for what is expected to become Europe’s largest electric vehicle charging hub, featuring up to 800 charging points.
Initial plans call for the installation of 170 units, with the capacity to add 595 more within the site.
Real estate manager Shelborn Asset Management has introduced the Edinburgh Green project, envisioned as an 800,000 square meter office development.
Charging points will be made available for both office employees and the general public.
However, public access would be restricted to evenings and weekends, outside of business hours.