“By 2027 all new cars will be electric,” but will we be able to charge them all?

During the premiership Alexandre de Crooze (Open VLD) is already at the Glasgow Climate Summit, and the Flemish government has yet to finalize a climate plan tomorrow for presentation in Scotland.

Flemish Minister of Mobility Lydia Peters We fired a hard shot this morning: if it depends on Peters, then starting in 2027 it will not be possible to buy a new car with a classic combustion engine under the hood, not even a hybrid. Even electric cars only.

Anyone who read the proposal this morning in the newspaper or heard it on the radio and previously thought that an electric SUV was still a distant future, might have a hard time baffling their head.

How are we going to do that? Will an electric car be affordable by then and how are we going to ship all those clean sleds? Because if there aren’t enough charging stations by then, it sucks like…


OK car journalist Tony Fairhill Questions ambitious plans. “Up until now, Flanders has been slowing down on green commuting,” Fairhill said in the Heat Journal. “Now it’s suddenly turning 180 degrees. We’ll have to pick up several degrees.”

Raising the number of charging stations in particular would be a strong run. At the beginning of this year, there were barely 8,482 public charging points in Belgium. This corresponds to about 4,200 public charging stations, as most of them have two plugs. We do much worse than other countries.

A recent comparative study showed that Norway is best prepared for the electric car, followed by the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, which already have more than 60,000 charging points. Belgium hangs out at number 29 in the European peloton’s back.

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According to calculations, at least 150,000 charging stations will be needed in Belgium by 2030. “It is doubtful that we will achieve that,” says Tony Verhell. For now, ambitions remain relatively modest: the Brussels region announced today that 250 new charging stations for electric vehicles will be added next year and Minister Peters announced today that it is targeting an additional 30,000 charging points by 2025.

power grid

also with VibiacPeters’ ambitions still raise many questions. “The most important thing is that people’s mobility is guaranteed. When a citizen or company buys a car, they need to be able to use it properly. We don’t see all the guarantees in this area at the moment” Gabriel Jovoy from Vibiac.

“By 2030 we expect two million cars in Belgium,” Jovoy continues. “You need a lot of things to make it all run on electricity.” What worries him most is our power grid.

“The power grid should be able to handle that – that’s not guaranteed right now – and are we going to have that power then?” Jovoy asks aloud. He is not immediately concerned about having enough charging stations available. But “the key question is: Will the network be able to handle this?”

“everything is possible”

If more and more people start charging their electric cars in the coming years, which will require a lot of energy, isn’t there a risk of blackouts? For this question, VRT NWS knocked on the network administrator’s door River. There, the speaker confirms Bjorn Verdot That fear of being left in the dark, if we drive electric cars en masse, is not justified. Fluvius already has plans for that.

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“Our current investment program already counts on 1 million electric cars on Flemish roads by 2030. That is a lot already, but it is entirely possible if we also take a smart approach in combination with digital meters and have the cars intelligently charged. That is, if we charge at the right times, they will not be There is absolutely no problem.”

If the Flemish government wants to switch faster, so that 1 million electric cars are on the road before 2030, it is important for Fluvius that “decisions are made quickly and we have a stable framework,” notes Björn Verdud. “This way we can adapt our investment programs to this new reality.”

Verdot asserts: “Because anything is possible – anything is technically possible.” “But it’s important that we have enough time to finish everything and get the power grid ready.”

Hear the full conversation with Vibiac’s Gabriel Jovoy on The World Today

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