The charging cards which electric car owners use to charge their cars at a charging point are "childishly easy" to copy, which means that malicious parties can easily charge their car at other people's cost, according to security company ESET. As far as is known, this problem applies to all Dutch charge cards and public charging points, NOS reports.
Shell is expanding its range of electric car charging points with the acquisition of NewMotion. The Amsterdam based company is one of Europe's largest players in the field of charging stations. The amount involved in the acquisition was not disclosed, ANP reports.
NewMotion has over 30 thousand charging points at individuals' homes and companies in the Netherlands, Germany, France and the United Kingdom. The company also issued more than 100 thousand charging passes, which gives customers access to around 50 thousand charging points in 25 European countries.
While many Dutch cities and rural areas are working on making electric driving easy and accessible, most still need more charging points for electric cars, according to a survey by consulting firm Over Morgen. In 2016 most Dutch municipalities did not have a sufficient number of charging stations, BNR reports.
Nuon will soon be charging an hourly rate for charging your car at one of the 1,240 charging points the company will be installing in Brabant and Limburg over the next two years. The company hopes that this will help solve the problem of overcrowded charging points, the Volkskrant reports.
The D66 and PvdA want to stimulate electric driving in the Netherlands by making it more attractive. The two parties submitted a plan with 10 practical measures to do so, ranging from charging stations every 25 km to a guarantee on car batteries, NOS reports.
The city of Amsterdam plans to increase the number of charging points for electric cars in the city from the current 1,300 to 4 thousand in 2018, the municipality announced in a press release on Friday.
Utrecht debuted a new type of charging stations on Tuesday - charging stations that can provide solar power for electric cars, or withdraw current from car batteries to provide power to nearby homes.
A thousand new charging points for electric cars will be built in The Hague to stimulate electric driving. In recent years the number of people opting for such environmentally friendly cars in has increased seven-fold. There are currently about 1,500 electric cars in The Hague.