Safe Charging Stations in Public Spaces
It is crucial that electrical equipment in public spaces is safe. Therefore, grid operators impose specific requirements on devices and installations connected to the public electricity grid. This applies to items such as parking meters, public lighting, and, consequently, charging stations.
Before charging stations can be installed in the public domain, they undergo inspections. This ensures that everyone can be certain that charging stations meet safety standards and function optimally. At the bottom of this page, you will find the charging stations that are currently approved.
Below are the public charging stations with an integrated grid connection approved by the grid operators. These charging stations can be safely and reliably connected in public spaces to the electricity grid throughout the Netherlands. To obtain approval, we follow a standardized process for grid operator inspections.
Note: The grid operator inspection is solely intended to ensure a safe and reliable connection to the public electricity grid. A charging solution without an integrated grid connection cannot be inspected according to the grid operator’s approval process.
The table below provides an overview of the charging stations that are currently approved in accordance with Connection Requirements v3.0. These charging stations have successfully passed the grid operator inspection.
3x25A t/m 3x35A
3x25A t/m 3x80A
We Drive Solar 1.1
3x25A t/m 3x63A
Request additional information about the DSO assessments for charging stations from me. The connection specifications for integrated charging objects can be found below.
The document ‘Connection Requirements for 3x25A – 3x80A‘ (available for download at the bottom of this paragraph, also in English) forms the basis for the inspection service to assess the grid operator’s part of new models of charging objects for admission to the electricity grid. The inspection service is coordinated by ElaadNL, and the inspection is carried out by experts from collaborating grid operators. The requirements are formulated in such a way that a safe and reliable connection to the public electricity grid is guaranteed.
The development of these specifications is an important step towards further standardization of technology in charging objects. The document is primarily intended for producers of these charging objects. The advantage for charging object producers and parties introducing charging objects to the market is that the grid operator’s part of a charging object only needs to be inspected once and can then be used throughout the Netherlands in all service areas of the various grid operators.
An important condition is that a smart meter is installed in the charging objects. This smart meter enables remote reading and exchange of meter data. To support this connectivity, we request a connectivity test in the current Connection Requirements, with a maximum attenuation specified for the enclosure. The Connection Requirements are also suitable for heavier connections, up to 3x80A. This forms the basis for faster charging, aligning with the trend of new electric cars entering the market. The publications have a broader applicability than just charging stations; they are also suitable for other charging objects such as charging lanterns.
Since 2018, not yet approved charging objects have been inspected based on the Connection Requirements. From April 1, 2023, all newly installed charging objects must comply with the updated Connection Requirements, version 3.0, at a minimum. The test protocol for the connectivity of the smart meter is available at the bottom of this page.
ElaadNL facilitates the inspection of charging stations. For this purpose, a clear process has been developed to ensure that each inspection follows the same procedure. The inspection process for manufacturers consists of five simple steps:
If this process is successfully completed, the charging station is added to the list of approved charging stations and can be connected in public spaces throughout the Netherlands! We also warmly invite manufacturers to add a copy of the approved charging station to the ElaadNL Test Square. This allows us to include it in interoperability and Smart Charging tests with electric vehicles.
Charging stations and light poles both require a connection to the energy grid, but they each have their own specific characteristics. As a result, there are clear differences between these objects. When integrating both into charging light poles, there are several points to consider. Based on practical examples from previous pilots and future developments, the information sheet on Charging Light Poles addresses the differences and provides key considerations for the implementation of charging light poles.
Do you want to register your object with an integrated grid connection for the grid operator inspection? Then visit our page about grid operator inspections.
The table below provides an overview of the charging stations that are currently approved in accordance with Connection Specifications v2.1. These charging stations comply with the old set of connection specifications. Since July 1, 2023, newly installed charging objects must comply with v3.o. See the list of approved objects at the top of the page.