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100% in 2025

it is Rotterdam's
ambition for electric mobility


  • 3 000

    electric charging stations

  • 10 years

    operation by ENGIE

Rotterdam, the economic heart of the Netherlands and the country's second-largest city, is resolutely committed to an electric transport programme. The city authority has rolled out a huge programme to install charging stations on its main roads and parking areas.

Rotterdam, the largest port in Europe, is a veritable hub for international trade. The city also has a unique geographical position: 2 metres below sea level, which makes it particularly sensitive to climate change.

But the strategy that the city has put in place goes further than mere adaptation. Its goal is to turn it into a driver to develop its inhabitants’ quality of life.


Electric vehicles for all

The Rotterdam city authority has opted for electric transport in two ways:

  • or citizens, by setting up clean solutions and services that facilitate use;
  • or itself, with over one quarter of the municipal vehicle fleet made up of electric models.

Nearly 3,000 charging stations

To facilitate the loading of electric vehicles and develop their use in the city, Rotterdam asked ENGIE and EVBox, the expert in electric vehicle charging infrastructures, to set up a network of nearly 3,000 stations in total, throughout the conurbation. The two companies will also take care of the management, maintenance and operation of these charging stations.

The installation was done in two phases. An initial network of 1,000 stations was deployed in 2014 already. Today, 1,800 more stations are being added, that will gradually be installed until 2020.

All the stations are EVBox models, recognisable by the LED surrounding the charging socket.

new charge points

for electric cars installed in The Hague and Rotterdam by 2020

On-demand installation

EVBox charging stations are installed in strategic spots where users need them most. Train stations, car parks, car-pooling areas, etc. are ideal locations.

Inhabitants get to choose directly where they want stations. A website dedicated to the deployment of charging stations and managed by ENGIE enables the latter to collect data by asking users to indicate where they would like to have stations, close to their home, workplace or leisure.

A win-win partnership

ENGIE and EVBox will operate these charging stations for a period of 12 years, as well as supply the energy for the stations.

Most of the deployment costs are covered by the profits from operating and supplying the stations: This enables ENGIE to offer a sustainable financial model to communities that want to commit to electric transport.


use of EV-Box charging stations per day is enough to make the business model profitable.

And tomorrow ?

Not only is Rotterdam one of the leading towns when it comes to electric mobility, as Europe’s largest port it has also made very ambitious commitments in the area of sustainable development. By 2025, the city intends to reduce its energy consumption by 20% and its greenhouse gas emissions by 4 million tonnes.

The Engie Today teams for rotterdam

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