Energy supplier Vattenfall, together with construction company BAM, will install eight thousand charging stations for electric cars in the provinces of North Brabant and Limburg.

Slightly more than half of the piles are placed in new-build homes that are not yet occupied.

Vattenfall and the municipalities want to use the campaign to encourage electric driving.

According to the energy company, there are expected to be 1.9 million electric cars in the Netherlands by 2030.

“That's why expanding the charging infrastructure is crucial,” the company says.

The charging stations will be installed in 68 municipalities in North Brabant and Limburg.

To determine exactly where they come from, Vattenfall uses data from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and Eindhoven University of Technology.

This includes data about the locations and consumption of existing charging stations, information about mobility and demographic data from Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

In a number of places, smart charging points will be used in collaboration with grid operator Enexis.

They divide the available capacity over the day to spread peak loads in the electricity network.

"This allows the cars to be charged at the most favorable moment for both the driver, the network operator and the energy supplier," says Jeroen Sanders, Enexis' technical director.