15 May 19

Flexpower to get Amsterdam ICE free

Since polluting cars will no longer be welcomed in Amsterdam by 2030, the city will power the increasing EV fleet with Flexpower stations. 

Flexpower stations are programmed to provide more power during off-peak electricity consumption hours and during sunny weather with more renewable energy production, and less power during peak times. As such, the city can prevent the transition towards electric vehicles from causing problems with the electrity supply in the city. 

So far, one third, or 456 EVBox charging points in Amsterdam have already been converted into Flexpower charging stations. They will deliver less energy from 6pm to 9pm when households generally have the biggest electricity demand, while releasing more energy at night. In addition, during the day the Flexpower stations will use locally generated electricity from households to charge EVs faster. 

As a result, the Flexpower stations will be able to manage both the increased electricity demand by the increased electrification of transport, while tempering the volatility of renewable energy production. 

In addition, the capacity of the charging points has been increased by 50%, and the charging points have been equipped with stronger chargers (3 times 35 amps, compared to the orriginal 3 times 25 amps), which means that cars can be charged faster – depending on the capacity of the car itself of course. 
Amsterdam may have announced it is banning ICEs by 2030, but it is already preparing for the future of its zero-emission transportation system today. 

Authored by: Fien Van den steen