A lot is going on lately in the Netherlands around charging, so I thought it might be worth a post to give foreigners a update.
E-Laad is a initiative of the dutch electricity network (Tennet) and the energy companies like Essent, Nuon and Delta.
When you buy an EV in the Netherlands you get a free charging station at your house, but if you live in an appartment or house without a private parking-space, they will place the charger on a public parking spot and make it a reserved spot for EV's (not just for you!). Most of the time they'll reserve two parking places.
For Tesla owners there is a down-side, the charging stations are 3x16A (11kW), so with a Tesla you'll be limited to 16A, not much, but hey, it's free (so is charging)!
At the moment E-Laad has 500 charging stations installed throughout the Netherlands. E-Laad's goal is to have 10.000 charging stations installed in a few years.
To charge at E-Laad you need a special card which you get if you own a EV. I do not know about a temporary card for foreigners, I'll have to ask.
Amsterdam Elektrisch is a division of the city of Amsterdam which goal is to promote and support EV's in the city.
If you buy a EV in Amsterdam you also get a free charging station, no matter where you are in Amsterdam. Even better, parking is free with a EV in Amsterdam! Normally parking is around EUR 5,00 an hour, when at a EV charging spot with an EV, it's free!
I just received Amsterdam's newsletter, they recently installed the 160th charging station in Amsterdam!
In Amsterdam they also use the Type 2 (IEC 62192-2 / 'Mennekes') connector, the power output is the same as with E-Laad: 3x16A.
A few weeks ago the first 10 EV taxi's started driving around in Amsterdam, so if you ever visit Amsterdam, make sure to take the EV taxi!
To charge at the charging stations in Amsterdam you'll need a special card, but you can also use your E-Laad card and vise versa.
Utrecht and Rotterdam
These both are big cities in NL, although they are not as far yet as Amsterdam, they are also working on initiatives to place charging stations throughout the city.
The New Motion helps EV (and future) owners with their problems, but they are also working on 30 fast chargers throughout the country.
Their partners in this initiative are Liander, Stichting DOEN, Nissan, BP, Terberg GreenLease, Markeur, Van der Valk, Prestige GreenCab and Epyon.
To bad if you own a Tesla, these chargers are DC power (Chademo), never the less, hopefully the Model S will support it!
All these chargers are being installed at Hotels and Restaurants near major highways so you can cruise throughout the country.
A charge of 30 minutes will cost you 4 euro.
A charging station was opened at Hotel van der Valk at Vianen (along the highway A2) yesterday, some pictures of the opening can be found at Facebook.
Q-Park provides parking facilities throughout the country. They recently announced that they are going to install at least 10 charging stations per parking facility.
These charging stations will probably be 3x16A as well.
Type 2 -> Tesla charging cable
EV-Box is supplying a Type 2 -> Tesla charging:
The cable is able to handle up to 32A and cost EUR 1100,00. Since they Tesla connectors are not freely available they buy a spare mobile connector and take of the connector and solder it to a official Mennekes cable.
You can contact them directly to order it.
As you can see, we are progressing pretty well! You also might notice why we want 3-phase charging. All charging stations deliver 11kW of power at least, that gives 50km of range per hour! But it's pretty painfull to see that a Tesla can't benefit from it.
If you have any questions about charging in NL as a foreigner, shoot!