ElaadNL is the leading smart charging resource and innovation centre in the Netherlands. On behalf of the Dutch network managers, we monitor the EV-charging infrastructure and coordinate the connections between public charging stations and the electricity grid.
Starting in 2009 the E-laad Foundation established a network of more than 3,000 public charging stations for electric cars across the Netherlands. In 2014 the foundation split up its activities into two separate platforms: ElaadNL and EVnetNL. The latter – EVnetNL - is now responsible for managing the existing charging points together with municipal partners. ElaadNL continued the foundations efforts to expand research and stimulate innovation regarding smart charging and the use of sustainable energy for electric vehicles.
The emergence of electric driving and sustainable charging is a significant development for the electricity grid. Through their mutual involvement via ElaadNL, the Distribution System Operators (DSO’s) involved acquire an overview of the measures to be taken to ensure that the network remains reliable and affordable. Innovative solutions are investigated that will generate great benefits for society. For example, optimal use can be made of the existing network through ‘smart charging’, and fewer expensive alterations to the electricity grid are needed. ElaadNL also envisages free choice of supplier for the user. In addition, innovations are also put to use in other ways, for example in making the public charging stations more compact, more functional and cheaper and in a more efficient connection and management process.
ElaadNL is a partnership consisting the conjoined system operators who manage the Dutch grid for electricity and gas. By working together with ElaadNL, these system operators combine knowledge and funds to research the possibilities of smart charging electric cars.