Illustration photo shows Chargy stations in Howald. Some 277 stations are now operational in Luxembourg.
18 months after the first electric vehicle charging posts became operational in Luxembourg, the network has powered the equivalent of 60 tours of the earth.
Network operator Chargy announced on Tuesday that some 277 stations were now operational in the grand duchy. 43 are in P+R car parks, 203 in public areas, and 31 in private homes (Chargy-OK). By the end of 2018 they had been used to provide 481,440 kkWh, powering electric mobility over an estimated distance of 2.4 million kilometres.
According to the European Alternative Fuels Observatory, Luxembourg is ranked third in Europe for the number of charging stations per capita (0.14%), behind the Netherlands (0.21%) and Norway (0.19%). By the end of 2021, the Chargy network is expected to have 800 stations capable of providing fast-charging services to two vehicles at a time.
The electric charging network was rolled out as part of Luxembourg's strategy to transition to electric mobility, as laid out in the Rifkin report. Currently, Luxembourg offers a tax allowance for the purchase of electric vehicles, of up to €5,000 for a zero-emissions private vehicle running on fully electric or hydrogen fuel cell, and €2,500 for a rechargeable hybrid electric car whose emissions don’t exceed 50g Co2/km.
In early January, mobility minister François Bausch said this would be replaced with a bonus scheme as an incentive to convert to electric, hybrid and hybrid plugin.