Braine-l’Alleud is on its way to electromobility. As part of mobility week, the town organized a large exhibition of cars, motorcycles, bicycles and electric scooters this Saturday. Objective: to provide the public with free practical information on vehicles and the different types and methods of recharging vehicle batteries.
But mobility week is also an opportunity to remember that the municipality is currently finishing the development, in public spaces, of 50 spaces reserved for recharging electric cars (see attached map).
From private to public
Currently, Braine-l’Alleud already has a series of charging stations. But these are only private terminals. Individuals have installed them in their homes. And some companies, especially in the Parc de l’Alliance (business park) make several of them available to their staff. Not enough to satisfy, to date, all Brainois traveling by electric car!
“It is very difficult to find charging stations for your electric vehicle in Belgium. And in Braine, there are no public terminals yet“, regrets a brainoise driver. “I therefore have to recharge my car mainly at my employer’s or at home. But the problem arises above all for people who do not have the possibility of recharging their car at home. I think of people who live in apartments (Editor’s note: condominiums are gradually developing charging systems on residential pitches. But the offer is often limited, technically complex, or even non-existent.) If other residents decide to go electric, they need to have a network of public terminals to charge their vehicle“, adds the brainoise citizen. Hence the importance of the municipal plan for the development of charging spaces accessible to all. Because the questions of accessibility and cost remain crucial in terms of electromobility.
50 public terminals
Decided at the beginning of the municipal legislature, the development plan for spaces exclusively reserved for the charging of electric cars is eagerly awaited by many citizens. “Having charging stations in public spaces is what more and more people are asking for“, explains Henri Detandt, alderman for mobility. “With the shift to electric accelerating, despite the current energy crisis, we are seeing growing public interest in electric vehicles. We will therefore soon be able to offer them 21 charging sites totaling 50 terminals. In other words, 50 cars can be recharged simultaneously in the public space. Our partner Ores, the ooperator of the gas and electricity networks, will place a majority of high-power terminals (22 kW) and three very high-power terminals (120 kW). Eventually, if the demand for public terminals increases, we should be able to increase the number of charging sites, almost everywhere on the municipal territory“.
Choice of sites
The choice of location for the charging stations was guided by several criteria. “The density of the habitat, the centers of activity (station, schools, municipal stadium, swimming pool, music academy, School of Arts, municipal administration, etc.) and the desire to serve all the districts are important criteria“, explains Louis Rollin, head of works at the municipality. “But an essential element, of a technical nature, is the presence of electrical cabins powerful enough to supply the high-performance terminals that we have chosen. The choice was made after analysis, with Ores.”
The 21 municipal terminals of the plan will be added to the 5 terminals planned in Braine by the Walloon Region. Brainois budget for this plan: 150,000 euros. The precise schedule for entry into function of the terminals has not been specified. But the project should soon materialize. Finally, note that the municipality will acquire its first two electric service vehicles by the end of the year. They will be recharged at one or other of the four public terminals provided at the height of the town hall.