Dutch expertise on electric vehicle charging goes to California | Information

Miscellaneous | 06-09-2022 | 23:47

Charging electric cars must become easier, safer and smarter. Dutch Environment Minister Vivianne Heijnen and Yana Garcia Gonzalez, California’s Environmental Protection Secretary, today signed an agreement to that end.

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Dutch Environment Minister Vivianne Heijnen and California Environmental Protection Secretary Yana Garcia Gonzalez sign the agreement in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Máxima, California Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis and the First partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

Experts from the Netherlands and California will work together for better regulation and greater use of new technologies. This is necessary if by 2035 all new cars sold in the European Union and California are to be zero emissions. The agreement was signed during the Dutch trade mission to San Francisco, in the presence of Queen Máxima and the Lieutenant Governor of California, Eleni Kounalakis.

“Electric vehicles and good charging stations go together like a train and a railway,” Ms Heijnen said. “And there is still so much to gain in charging technology. This is an area in which the Netherlands and California have considerable expertise. So together we can make great strides towards smarter charging. , easier and safer, to the benefit of the climate as well as the drivers of electric vehicles.There are several companies with this type of know-how in the Netherlands, which creates good economic opportunities for us.

“When it comes to climate action, California is above our weight. We are working with countries around the world to reduce pollution and usher in a new era of zero-emission vehicles. California and the Netherlands are proud to stand side by side in our collective efforts to advance bold climate policies and protect communities from Alameda to Amsterdam,” said Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis.

Collaboration between experts

The Netherlands and California both have major and innovative test facilities to develop and test the latest fast charging, smart charging and cybersecurity technologies. This generates a lot of new knowledge. Experts from ElaadNL and the California Energy Commission will now conduct tests together and, based on their applied knowledge and experience, will advise lawmakers in the Netherlands, US and EU on the integration of cybersecurity, usability and security requirements into new legislation. . The first meeting is to take place next spring.

Specifically, the Netherlands and California want charging station companies to use the same open standards around the world, so drivers can use any charging station without having to purchase a separate subscription first. . This will promote convenience and reduce uncertainty for drivers, for example when going on holiday abroad. It will also make it easier for charging station manufacturers to market their products internationally.

Another goal is to accelerate the development of smart charging. This allows electric vehicles to feed their battery power back into the grid, for example when there is a high demand for electricity. Increasing the network’s peak capacity in this way could help solve the problems that currently beset the network. However, the smarter the charging stations, the more important it is to protect them against hackers. Digital security is therefore an essential prerequisite for smart charging technology.


The Netherlands and California have big ambitions when it comes to electric driving. The Netherlands is a pioneer in Europe, California in the United States. The Netherlands has a relatively large number of charging stations and there are also several companies that manufacture and operate them commercially, at home and elsewhere, including in the United States. Products and services related to electric driving, such as the manufacture and sale of charging stations, contribute around €5 billion per year to Dutch national income.

As the leader in electric driving in the United States, California is also home to many companies that manufacture components and charging stations for electric vehicles.

Circular economy and climate adaptation

For many years, the Netherlands and California have worked together in a wide variety of areas. In their MoU, they also agree to expand their ongoing collaboration in the areas of circular economy, sustainability and climate adaptation. To this end, an action program will be presented later this year.

Secretary Yana Garcia: “Today, all of the West is grappling with what could be the hottest and longest September heatwave on record, exacerbating wildfires and drought. This is just the latest reminder of the reality of the climate crisis and its impact on the daily lives of Californians and people around the world. I am honored to be here today with our partners in the Netherlands, where we reinforce our commitment to building resilience in the face of this new reality and to prioritizing the protection of our most vulnerable communities. We are making the most aggressive climate effort this state has ever seen, because what we do today will be felt for generations – and the impact will spread far beyond our borders.

First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom: “The partnership between California and the Netherlands has come at a critical time for us as a global community. We may not be able to undo all the damage that has been done to our planet, but we can make better climate-smart decisions in the future. This is the purpose of this MoU with the Netherlands, and we hope it will also serve as a model, demonstrating that when it comes to protecting our communities, our planet and our future, no state or nation cannot or should run a silo. We are stronger together.

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