Electric cars: the installation of 1,700 charging stations in Wallonia under threat

Electric cars: the installation of 1,700 charging stations in Wallonia under threat
Electric cars: the installation of 1,700 charging stations in Wallonia under threat

Result: sales have increased, mainly thanks to businesses. Especially, also, in the north of the country where more individuals are taking the plunge into electric.

It must be said that the infrastructure in Flanders is much more developed: according to the monitoring developed by the FEB and Febiac, there are today nearly 16,000 charging stations (some of which can offer several sockets), including more than 12,000 nothing. than in the north of the country. Wallonia is lagging behind with just over 3,000 terminals.

In terms of electric charging stations, Flanders is overexcited and Wallonia… casual: the point by municipality (MAP)

To close the gap, the Walloon Minister of Mobility, Philippe Henry (Ecolo) had developed a plan to deploy the supply of electric terminals. With the aim of reaching 6,000 newly installed terminals by 2026. For a total of 12,000 charging sockets.

For some of them, it seems that the installation is more complicated than expected: we will spare you the technical details but a favorable wind tells us that the Finance Inspectorate, analyzing the assembly proposal to allow the installation of charging stations in Walloon municipalities, would have caused a famous cold spell. “We are clearly moving towards an unfavorable opinion,” the institution would have indicated, to the SPW Wallonia, in charge of constructing the proposal.

In total, no less than 1,685 charging stations, equivalent to 3,059 sockets, are threatened. This “fuse blowing” would not concern the rapid terminals which must be installed on the structuring network (motorways and national roads) but rather those which were to be created on the municipal territory.

Minister Henry’s office intends to reassure: “The procedure is underway and it is following its normal course”

Contacted, Minister Henry’s office confirmed the information. But also intends to reassure about the scope of the opinion of the Finance Inspectorate. “In reality, it is mainly asking for additional information about the project before being able to give its opinion,” comments Eric Biérin, spokesperson for Minister Henry. It mainly questions the technical-legal aspects of the arrangements put in place by territorial development agencies.”

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According to the Henry cabinet, the request from the Finance Inspectorate concerns the creation of a purchasing center for the benefit of the municipalities. “This is not really a negative opinion from the Finance Inspectorate,” continues Eric Biérin. It is precisely the role of the IF to analyze the proposals and the legal solidity of the proposed system.”

A way to prevent the award of public contracts from being canceled later due to a legally flawed call for projects.

According to Minister Henry’s office, this would in no way call into question the municipal network of electrical terminals project. “The procedure is underway and it is following its normal course,” concludes Eric Biérin.

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