The Dutch Living Lab Smart Charging campaign supported by the Dutch government aims at making all electric cars in the country driving on the power of the sun and the wind.
Already 325 municipalities (including Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague) have joined the Dutch Living Lab Smart Charging representing 80 percent of all public charging stations.
Adding to this some large players on private and semi-private charging stations such as The New Motion and EV-Box have joined. Very soon all Dutch charging stations will be open for tests and research projects.
The Living Lab Smart Charging is an open platform where companies (from multinationals to small tech start-ups, both national and international), universities, local and regional governments and grid operators cooperate.
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The process includes three steps:
Step 1: Make as many charging stations ready for Smart Charging. A huge upgrade operation is now taking place across the country making sure the existing charging stations will be able to technically facilitate Smart Charging.
Step 2: Use those innovative stations for research and testing of Smart Charging. An example is Jedlix, an app that allows its users to earn money by using technology to charge the car in the middle of the night when the wind is still producing power but there is little demand for it
Step 3. Putting all innovation, tests and research findings into international standards so everyone can benefit from the Dutch experience with Smart Charging.