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New battery switch station for electric vehicles opens at Amsterdam airport

Creation date: September 3, 2012

A new Battery Switch Station (BSS) at Amsterdam’s Schiphol International Airport will be inaugurated today, as part of a project co-funded by the European Union which will pave the way for greener road mobility. The new station, which will allow electric vehicles to swap their exhausted battery for a newly recharged one, is part of an EU project supported under the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) Programme to the tune of almost €5 million.

 

Siim Kallas, European Commission Vice-President in charge of transport, noted: “Reducing the impact of transport on the environment has always been at the forefront of the policies promoted by the European Union. When electric cars will be a common sight on our roads, we can thank pioneering initiatives such as this one that help to curb noxious emissions and guarantee a better environment for our citizens.”

 

The project seeks to demonstrate the feasibility of BSS on the TEN-T network to encourage consumers and businesses to use electric vehicles. The current lack of dedicated car battery charging infrastructure is one of the main obstacles to the mass take-up of this type of vehicle. Lengthy charging times for electric vehicle batteries also are a limiting factor. However, by creating special stations at which batteries are simply swapped, it will be possible to have a fully charged battery in minutes. In addition to the new Schiphol station, one already exists in Copenhagen under the same project*.

 

The TEN-T funded project will ultimately assist policy makers by providing them with insights and recommendations for future action, notably in the deployment of charging and switching facilities and related services into the TEN-T network.

 

The TEN-T Executive Agency (TEN-T EA), which has managed the project from its start, and the European Commission welcome today's inauguration as an important milestone for green road transport in the EU.

 

For more information, please consult the project's page:

2010-EU-91117-P

 

 




*The EU co-finances other actions to assess a wide range of charging technologies to determine which ones are the more promising or appropriate for European citizens. BSS in Denmark is also supported in the context of the Green eMotion project, which is comparing various charging technologies.