It’s a fact! Electric mobility will play a larger and larger part in how we operate. But what about the Brussels electricity grid, is it capable of meeting this new challenge?
Yes, the Brussels electricity grid is completely up to it! Here are a few points on how we are able to support alternative mobility...
The Brussels grid is ready to support the penetration of electric mobility
With the arrival of electric vehicles, our electricity grid must handle peaks in consumption from battery charging. However, no worries! Today, our electricity grid is very robust and has a large reserve capacity. It’s completely capable of supporting the conversion of 20% to 30% of the automotive fleet envisaged in Brussels by 2030, with no break in the current investment policy. Find out all the details in the Baringa study carried out by Synergrid.
And what about after 2030? The security of grid supply remains guaranteed!
Sibelga is currently studying how to incorporate smart charging to avoid excessive investment in the grid after 2030. It will be essential to have mechanisms that take into account users’ needs such as smart charging management. Not to mention solutions that enable us to optimise charging according to the green energy available on the grid as well as charging according to peaks in consumption.
230V is no obstacle for electric cars
230V is in no way an obstacle to the deployment of electric vehicles. As in major European cities like Oslo (a pioneer in terms of electric mobility), the Brussels grid’s voltage is mainly 230 Volts. This voltage enables motorists who are travelling to charge the equivalent of 20 km (the daily commute of a Brussels resident) at 7.4 kW in the space of 30 to 60 minutes. Any electric car can also be fully charged (0 to 100%) overnight at this voltage.
Oslo, a city comparable to Brussels, with successful EV adoption
Did you know that in Oslo, more than 40% of vehicles are already electric? Last year, electric vehicles accounted for more than 50% of sales in Norway! Yet, the Oslo city grid is quite comparable to that of Brussels as it mainly operates at 230V.
Rapid charging: 3,000 electric cabinets will carry 400V
At the same time, all the rapid charging points placed on the road in strategic high-rotation areas (e.g. shopping thoroughfares, etc.), will be directly connected to 400 volts via the grid or one of our 3,000 cabinets, spread across the region. The Oslo electricity grid demonstrates that this configuration is broadly sufficient.
Furthermore, for at least 20 years, Sibelga has chosen 400V in its conversion strategy for new major renovations or new connections, enabling a gentle transition with no major financial impact for Brussels residents.