Over Morgen was asked to perform an evaluation of the current policy approach to public charging infrastructure and of the current charging infrastructure network. We were also asked to offer recommendations on how to optimise this approach and how to create a future-proof network of public charging infrastructure.
The municipality of Leiden employs an open market model, which means that the municipality creates the conditions based on which market players can install charging stations in the public space. With increasing numbers of electric cars, the demand for public charging infrastructure in the municipality is growing, and other target groups, such as commuters and visitors, are not able to claim a charging point at the moment. To cater for this increasing demand, the municipality is developing an installation strategy. By means of solid data on the growth of the charging network, meetings with the representatives of the municipality and a content analysis, Over Morgen has successfully performed a comprehensive evaluation of the installation strategy.
Based on the outcome of the evaluation, we prepared a detailed proposal for an area-specific approach to the installation of public charging infrastructure. A planning framework is at the basis of this approach; it indicates locations which are already suitable for the installation of charging infrastructure. This approach aims at optimising the installation process and meeting the charging demand of different target groups. It can also show which locations are most suitable for other types of complementary charging infrastructure, such as fast charging and charging hubs. With this proactive approach, we facilitate experimentation in the field of electric transport and charging infrastructure to stimulate sustainable mobility in the municipality of Leiden.