Cities in action: Boosting electromobility in Amsterdam

  • environment
  • mobility

Amsterdam, a frontrunner in stimulating the use of electric cars, is capitalising on the large datasets from its public charging points to influence policy decisions.

Data analysis is enabling the efficient roll-out of its charging infrastructure and progress towards its goal of being an emission-free city by 2025.

Amsterdam has taken an active role in encouraging electromobility since 2009, prompted by a desire for cleaner air and to remain an attractive city to live, work and visit. Having established 1,500 charging points serving 5,000 users a month, the city was keen to maintain this momentum. The council saw that the infrastructure itself must not be a limitation for those wanting to drive electric cars.

As part of their contract with the municipality, charging infrastructure providers were already recording information about the use of the charging points. As a result, the city had access to an unprecedented volume of real time charging session datasets - over 30,000 a month. Previously only used to evaluate progress in charged energy, these unique datasets include a range of usage parameters which enable much deeper analysis.

Working closely with the city, the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam began a self-funded research project using data from the charging network to deepen knowledge about the infrastructure and how it is used. Starting in 2012, the dataset now consists of around 710,000 records of charging sessions.

The data also shows capacity use, charge use and amount of electricity charged, all of which are helpful in making decisions. The latter helps energy companies evaluate the business case and the city estimate the amount of emission-free kilometres enabled by the infrastructure. The results are also being used to communicate with citizens and gain greater acceptance of electric mobility, as well as to respond to specific questions from residents about the infrastructure in their street.

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