On 24 November 2016, Luxembourg Deputy Prime Minister, Étienne Schneider, and Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, François Bausch, presented the country’s first electric vehicle recharging stations.
The Ministers inaugurated Luxembourg’s first ever electric vehicle recharging stations, which come to a total of 800 across the country. 400 of these recharging stations for 100% electric vehicles will be installed at P+R parking whilst the other 400 will be available at public parking spaces and lots in the municipalities.
Each recharging station has two charging points with a 'Type 2' connector. As such, there will be a total of 1,600 parking spots dedicated to recharging electric vehicles. The stations exclusively use electricity from 100% renewable energy sources with each one being connected to a smart meter.
The stations, which are equipped with the logo “Chargy” to better identify the national recharging system, work with a uniform payment method through the use of Verkéiersverbond’s multiuse 'mKaart' smart card.
During the inauguration, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, Étienne Schneider, stated that the "implementation of the national recharging station network to fuel electric vehicles forms part of the essential technological infrastructure […] which allows every ‘prosumer’ to buy and sell electricity on an interactive and intelligent electric network.”
The Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, François Bausch, specified that this is “a crucial moment in the electrical transition of transport”. He added that, in January 2017, the government will introduce new incentives for buying electric vehicles as part of its fiscal reform and its attempts to tackle the challenge of reducing the carbon footprint created by transport.
Photo by MDDI. From left to right: Alex Michels, CREOS; François Bausch, Minister for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure; Étienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy