What is "Smart Charging" and How Can Electric Car Drivers Benefit from it?

The smarter E Podcast Folge 108 | 22. September 2022 | Sprache: Englisch

Smart charging is the intelligent way of thinking about electromobility. Electric cars are always charged when it makes economic sense. This includes charging electric cars at times when electricity is cheap as well as load management, i.e. the efficient charging of several electric cars at one location within an available connected load. Vehicle-to-grid makes charging really smart. Here, the electric car battery acts as a temporary storage device and helps stabilize the power grid.

You benefit from lower costs when purchasing your electric car or the price of electricity. But what do you need to consider? What are the biggest differences? And what about cyber security? We talk about this with Baerte de Brey, Chief International Officer at ElaadNL and Vice President at AVERE - The European Association for Electromobility.


  • 2.31: We often hear about "smart charging“. What exactly is meant by this?
  • 9.32: How many charging points per vehicles do wee need privately and publicly?
  • 11.55: About cyber security in the world of emobility
  • 18.12: Heating in winter then in combination with growing e-mobility? Do we need to worry?

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About Baerte de Brey and ElaadNL

Baerte de Brey works at Stedin, a Dutch DSO. Responsible for analyzing the longterm effect of electric mobility on the electricity grids, Baerte helps building a sustainable business case around this transition. This includes vehicle2grids, solving regulatory barriers and cyber security. He graduated from Leiden University in 2001 with a law degree and received a MBA from Nyenrode Business University in 2006. On behalf of Stedin, he is one of the executive board members of ElaadNL. ElaadNL is a collaboration of the Dutch DSO’s and the knowledge and innovation centre in the field of (smart) charging infrastructure. As an expert for the European Commission he sometimes reviews collective European programs concerning EV interoperability and smart charging.

ElaadNL is the knowledge and innovation centre in the field of smart charging infrastructure in the Netherlands. Through their mutual involvement via ElaadNL, the grid operators prepare for a future With electric mobility and sustainable charging. It is their mission to make sure that everyone can charge smart. ElaadNL monitor the EV-charging infrastructure and coordinate the connections between public charging stations and the electricity grid.

Starting in 2009 the E-laad Foundation established a network of more than 3,000 public charging stations for electric cars across the Netherlands.

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