In December 2023, in the Netherlands, over one car sold out of two was electric or plugin-hybrid

Of course, this is great news as it directly results in a reduction in the carbon footprint of road transport and an improvement in air quality

On the downside, the power grid is facing more and more surges in power demand, especially in the evening. Grid congestion has become a major issue in the Netherlands over the past few months. 

Grid congestion in the Netherlands on February 15 2024

INCIT-EV partners in the Netherlands are developing innovative solutions to solve this power crisis.

As part of the INCIT-EV use case 1.a, TotalEnergies, TotalEnergies Charging Solutions, GreenFlux and MRA-Elektrisch implemented aggregated smart-charging in Haarlem. This technology optimizes the local distribution of power in the city of Haarlem upon request by the local grid operator, and based on various inputs like EV charging capabilities and connection time. Aggregated optimization ensures large impact on city- and grid level, but small impact on the individual charge point. As a result, more charging stations can be installed while keeping the impact on the power grid at the same level, without obstructing the EV drivers’ mobility needs. 

More information about the INCIT-EV aggregated smart-charging use case in Haarlem

As part of INCIT-EV use case 1.b, WeDriveSolar and MRA-Elektrisch are implementing a community bidirectional charging program in Odijk, near Utrecht. Bidirectional charging enables electric cars to discharge excess power back into the grid. It turns them into four-wheel batteries to store renewable energies from solar panels or wind turbines for example and cope with surges in power demand during peak hours.

More information about the INCIT-EV community bidirectional charging use case program in Odijk