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To make electric vehicles

a key driver in the fight
against pollution and climate change


  • 3 000

    electric charging stations

  • 10-year

    operating contract for ENGIE

As the biggest port in Europe, Rotterdam is a crossroads of international trade. But the city is also extremely sensitive to climate change: located two metres below sea level, it is at high risk. To combat climate change and improve air quality in the city, Rotterdam is turning to electric mobility solutions – with ENGIE as its partner.

From lower CO2 emissions and less noise pollution to better accessibility, electric vehicle networks provide many benefits – as long as the right facilities, vehicle charging stations in particular, are in place. This is where ENGIE comes in, installing 3000 charging stations in the city.

Making electric vehicle charging easier

To simplify the process of charging electric vehicles and to encourage people to use them, Rotterdam asked ENGIE and EV-Box – the specialists in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, recently acquired by ENGIE – to install a network of nearly 3000 stations throughout the urban area. The companies are also in charge of managing, maintaining and operating the charging stations. The network will be installed in two phases. An initial set of 1000 stations is already in place, having been installed in 2014. An additional 1800 stations are being added between now and 2020. All of the stations are EV-Box models, distinguished by the LED surrounding the charging socket.

new charging stations

for electric cars will be installed in Rotterdam by 2020

Charging stations installed on request

EV-Box charging stations are being installed in strategic spots where users need them the most. Train stations, car parks, car-pooling areas, etc. are ideal locations. Residents are directly involved in choosing where they want stations to be located. ENGIE manages a website for locating charging stations, which it also uses to collect data by asking users to indicate where they would like new stations – near their homes, their workplaces, or leisure areas.

A win-win partnership

ENGIE and EV-Box will operate these charging stations for a period of 12 years while also supplying the energy to power the vehicles.

Most installation costs are covered by the profits made from operating and supplying energy to the stations. This allows ENGIE to offer a sustainable financial model to communities that want to commit to electric transport.


of use per EV-Box charging station per day is enough to make the business model profitable for the city

And tomorrow ?

Rotterdam is not only one of the world’s leading cities when it comes to electric transportation. As Europe’s largest port, it has also made highly ambitious commitments to sustainable development. By 2025, the city intends to reduce its energy consumption by 20% and its greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tons.

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