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The Benelux countries stimulate electromobility without borders

14-07-2021 2032

Recharging abroad is becoming increasingly easy 

In order to encourage cross-border electric driving and charging, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg are setting up the joint service IDRO (Benelux ID Registration Organization). By means of the website IDRO will issue and manage unique ID codes for charging station operators and mobility service providers in the Benelux countries. By means of these unique ID codes, operators and providers are able to determine which card was used and when for a certain charging operation so that the appropriate invoice can be sent to the correct customer. 

This new IDRO service and website were officially launched today under the Presidency of Belgium at the General Secretariat of Benelux by Alain Maron, Minister in Brussels for Climate Change, Environment, Energy, Cleanliness and Participatory Democracy.

Hassle-free international electric driving 

Too often, national borders are a barrier, and it is difficult for drivers of electric cars to get viable information about the location, availability, and cost of charging stations abroad. In addition, drivers of electric cars cannot yet pay at all charging stations abroad with the charging card or app they use in their home country. Autonomy of electric vehicles is thereby limited. 

The Benelux countries want to eliminate these obstacles and make driving an electric car easier. Charging abroad will now be just as easy as at home.  The real aim of the Benelux countries is to make electric car charging as easy as fuel refueling in order to enable electric car drivers to move around internationally without problems. 

Back in 2015, the three countries began working more closely together on the cross-border implementation of sustainable infrastructure and the need for a coordinated approach to this matter. 

European Community Laboratory 

With this unique collaboration under the European IDACS (ID and Data Collection for Sustainable Fuels in Europe) project, the three countries are contributing as a laboratory for the development of environmentally-friendly, zero-emission transport as part of the European Green Deal, whose goal is to establish 3 million charging stations in the EU by 2030. 

The Benelux countries continue to pioneer sustainable mobility, with 19% of all electric and hybrid vehicles in the EU and 34% of all EU public charging stations located here. 

Alain Maron, Minister in Brussels for Climate Change, Environment, Energy, Cleanliness and Participatory Democracy: "Promoting low-emission mobility is essential to meeting our climate goals and protecting the health of all inhabitants. For this reason, Brussels and the Benelux countries have set very ambitious goals and want to take a real leadership role in this matter. Establishing a sufficiently dense and easily accessible network of stations is very important to accelerate this change. Thanks to the IDRO project, we can rely on the close ties that exist between the three countries, which significantly facilitate the provision of services by charging station operators and make the use of an electric vehicle more comfortable. The shift to a low-carbon economy is an enormous challenge that requires the commitment of numerous different players. We therefore hope that this collaboration will spread throughout Europe." 

Lydia Peeters, Flemish Minister for Mobility and Public Works: "For many years, Flanders has been making a lot of effort to create additional charging infrastructure and to ensure good charging experiences for electric vehicle drivers, especially with the help of cross-border cooperation. With the establishment of IDRO BENELUX, we are sending a clear signal to the sector and to all drivers of electric cars: we are fully committed to ensuring unobstructed mobility in Flanders and beyond. Interoperability and access to necessary information are important factors for the well-being of the driver of an electric vehicle. We are proud of the role that Flanders plays as coordinator of Belgium’s participation in the IDACS project. In this way, we have contributed to a new piece of the puzzle that we are laying for transportation without pollutants." 

Philippe Henry, Vice-President of the Walloon government and Minister for Climate, Energy and Mobility: "The Development of electromobility requires good interoperability among the different players. With IDRO, operators benefit from better global management due to improved identification. Besides operators, also drivers, who need clear information on charging opportunities, and managers of the distribution network, who are provided with new data for ensuring service stability, benefit from IDRO“. 

Stientje van Veldhoven, Dutch State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management: "This is an important step in making electric driving an easy and attractive option. Even abroad. Everyone can use their own app or card for recharging and payment, just like in the Netherlands. It's good that the Benelux countries are contributing to this project along with other EU countries.”

François Bausch, Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg and Minister for Mobility and Public Works: "Users don't care about charging station or charging cards ID codes, they simply want to charge their vehicle after identifying themselves at any public charging station. That is why it is crucial that countries assign ID codes and that all charging cards are accepted throughout Europe. The launch of the joint IDRO service and the good cooperation of the Benelux countries in this matter are important measures to facilitate cross-border electromobility" 



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