To this end, they put written questions to the Rotterdam city council entitled ‘New energy for Rotterdam’, just like the coalition agreement. It is a wink from coalition party VVD, which is at odds with GroenLinks about mobility in the Maasstad.
The VVD wants to allow the people of Rotterdam to choose which form of transport they prefer, whereas in the eyes of the liberals GroenLinks wants to bully all cars away and people are forced to travel by public transport, bicycle or shared transport.
The party does not like the fact that the municipality is working on a ‘charging station sunami’ under the leadership of sustainability councilor Arno Bonte. As far as the councilor is concerned, thousands of poles must be added so that plug-in cars can be charged en masse.
Not very smart
“But haphazardly placing charging stations everywhere does not seem that smart to me,” says Rotterdam VVD councilor Dieke van Groningen. The placement policy has been adjusted. From ‘on request’ to ‘proactive placement’ based on expectations, the council member has found out.
“I don’t believe in this system,” says Van Groningen. “You can properly organize the process of installing charging stations, but not based on forecasts. How do you do that and what criteria do you use for it? “
She has already seen an example of the policy in her neighborhood in Kralingen. “There is a side street where many charging points have been installed, but nobody has an electric car there. The residents can no longer park their car in front of the door. Space in the city is scarce, so we have to think carefully about where to install charging stations. They will not be equally needed in every neighborhood. ”
That is why she wants to know how the municipality is going to implement this, to prevent more ghost streets and people from losing even more parking spaces, while there is already a lot of fiddling with places to be able to park the car.
“You may still have a car later on, but you have nowhere to put it. Most people with an electric car are lease drivers. You don’t buy such a thing privately, you need quite a bit of money for a Tesla ”, says Van Groningen.
An additional disadvantage is that a charging station cannot be arranged quickly. Answers to previous written questions show that it takes on average almost five months before an application is processed. While there are also signals from the VVD that it can sometimes take up to a year before a charging station is installed.
“We must therefore also be able to provide applicants with insight into the turnaround time for this. You can now see which applications are running, but not how long it will take. “