A more stable electricity grid, better use of green electricity and earn money with an electric car. That is what smart charging stations make possible. Therefore, State Secretary Van Veldhoven (Infrastructure and Water Management) will allocate 5 million euros to subsidize municipalities in the construction thereof. The money will bring charging plazas in 21 Dutch municipalities throughout the Netherlands with a total of 472 smart charging points.

State Secretary Van Veldhoven: 

Electric driving is becoming the new normal. That is why I not only want more charging stations, but also smarter ones. These charging stations are the future. They relieve the burden on the electricity network, make better use of green energy and make charging your car even more economical. That is why I want to speed up its construction. Charging your electric car should be as easy as charging your mobile phone.


The supply of electricity to the grid by electric vehicles is called 'vehicle-to-grid'. The car linked to the smart charging station stores the surplus of sustainably generated electricity. The power is then fed back into the grid at peak times. By using the car as a buffer, green energy can be used more efficiently and the electricity grid is relieved.

To prevent electric cars from being unexpectedly empty after discharging, the vehicle makes part of the battery capacity available for feeding back into the electricity grid. The owner gives permission for this and determines how much electricity from the car may be used.


Thanks to the subsidy, municipalities can get started with the construction of the new charging plazas. At the charging plazas, work is also being done on new applications for the consumer, such as the possibility for motorists to make money with their electric car in the long term. Users who make their electric car available when there is a high demand for energy can receive a reward for this.

All electric cars can charge at the smart charging points. For a number of car models, such as the Nissan Leaf and the Renault Zoe, it is already possible to store green electricity and return electricity to the grid. The first smart charging plazas will be ready for use in 2020.

21 municipalities.

With the subsidy, smart charging points will be installed in 21 municipalities. A total of 20 new squares will appear in the municipality of Utrecht. Alderman Victor Everhardt: 

“It is estimated that 12.000 electric cars will be driving around in Utrecht in 2020. To be able to charge these cars all, approximately 1600 charging points are required. The charging plazas are therefore essential to cope with the growth in the demand for charging points in the coming years. In addition, the charging stations that will be built on these squares are suitable for storing locally sustainably generated electricity in shared cars and later returning them to the electricity grid. These charging plazas thus make an important contribution to the energy transition. ”

Climate agreement.

Our transport produces a quarter of the CO2 emissions. The cabinet aims to reduce these emissions. In the climate agreement, agreements have been made to encourage the use of clean means of transport. Think, for example, of electric cars. These cars do not emit greenhouse gases when driving, keep our air clean and cause less noise pollution. Hundreds of thousands of charging stations will be constructed in the coming years, so that people can easily charge their cars anywhere.

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