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Wallonia will boost the electrification of the road network

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The war in Ukraine and the crisis it engenders are reshuffling the energy cards, but the transformation of our car fleet is underway and will continue. Deadlines are known. Here are a few :

  • The most polluting vehicles are gradually banned from our roads
  • From 2026, only “zero emission” company cars will still be tax-efficient
  • In 2035, we will no longer sell new cars with combustion engines within the European Union

The share of hybrid and electric cars is therefore steadily increasing. And the infrastructures must accompany this transition. However, Wallonia lags behind the neighboring regions. The precise census is difficult to carry out, but there would currently be around a thousand charging points installed in the public domain, to which should be added those located on private sites (and sometimes accessible to all). Insufficient.

A map to plan the installation of bollards

To electrify the road network, the government of Wallonia will draw 9 million euros from the windfall of the European Recovery Plan. And to plan the work, it has just finalized a map of the most favorable installation zones for the installation of new charging points in the regional territory. A tedious survey, carried out in collaboration with the DSOs (distribution network managers) and the Territorial Development Agencies, taking into account various factors: regional planning, population, mobility and availability of the distribution network.

This map will now allow us to support the municipalities that will install electrical terminals on their territory in the coming years. We will thus gradually mesh the entire territory, in parallel with the increase in the number of electric vehicles”explains the regional Minister of Mobility, Philippe Henry (Ecolo).

More than 2300 implantation sites have been identified. It will therefore be up to the local authorities to ensure the deployment and define the operating conditions of the new terminals. through concession contracts, with the support of the Region.

The objective to be achieved: 4,000 loading points accessible to all by June 2026.

More Superchargers

For an effective network of the territory, it is also necessary to inflate the number of “superchargers”, these terminals which make it possible to quickly “fill up with electricity”.

There are already some on the structuring network (motorways, regional roads) managed by SOFICO, which has also just drawn its own map of future locations, and 115 sites have been identified to accommodate the new terminals.

The private part

For the Walloon government, the greatest potential for development lies in the private sector, more particularly car parks in supermarkets and shopping centers and in service stations. It therefore intends to also support the installation of charging stations accessible to the public.

There, the regional executive expects 2,000 additional loading points in 3 years.