Data analysis on the public charging infrastructure
Brussels, Belgium, 3rd – 5th December 2014
In recent years electric mobility has gained a great deal of attention, leading to electric vehicles on the market and development of necessary charging infrastructure. Charging infrastructure is mostly enabled through subsidies by local or national governments to overcome the chicken and egg problem, while the business case for charge stations in this early stage of development is not yet sufficient.
The municipality of Amsterdam is a forerunner in the development of charging infrastructure, with over 950 public charge points available. The municipality and service providers struggle how to optimize the roll out of further charge points and how to optimize the use of the charge points. This paper gives a descriptive analysis of a number of usage patterns of the public charging infrastructure in the city of Amsterdam, and as such provides an update on earlier monitoring studies . This research is based on more than 405.000 charge sessions collected at existing local charge points from March 2012 until August 2014. We study some coefficients which could be used to gain insight in the actual usage patterns of public charging infrastructure and may lead to recommendations concerning further roll out of charge stations, increasing effectiveness and improving the business case for charge points. The conclusions and recommendations may have implications for, and may support municipalities in the effective development of charging infrastructure.