Future-proof charging infrastructure

Primary challenge owner: Province of Drenthe

Secondary challenge owner(s): None



The province of Drenthe, among others, is currently working on the details of the climate agreement, including the mobility component. One of the most urgent issues within the mobility transition is that by 2035 no more fossil-driven cars will be sold or leased in the Netherlands. That is the ambition of the Netherlands, at least. This transition has been taking shape for several years now and the share of electric vehicles is increasing substantially every year. The province of Drenthe is responsible for, among other things, the infrastructure for recharging electric cars and later on also delivery vans and trucks. 

A suitable charging infrastructure will be needed to properly facilitate this transition. To keep the Challenge manageable, we will limit ourselves to the city of Assen. As a target area, Assen may then also serve as an example for other cities and towns in Drenthe. This not only involves passenger cars, but also the logistics sector. Assen has also committed itself as one of the 40 Zero Emission inner cities, for city logistics, starting in 2025.


The question/challenge for startups

How can we charge as many vehicles as possible in the city of Assen with as little infrastructure as possible? 

What exactly this infrastructure is/will be, we will leave open. If necessary, we can expand the challenge by first developing a technology that can use neighborhood/street-level data to identify and predict the required charging demand and locations.



Some criteria we consider important within this future “infrastructure”; it has to be “smart” and developed with “green materials,” with as little “impact” (or positive impact) on the environment as possible. In addition, the concept must contribute to solving grid congestion and peak load, in the most user-friendly way possible. Also, the future concept must be scalable/universal for the entire province of Drenthe. 

Our focus is on realization in cooperation with the Drenthe network (local, innovative companies). This is a plus/pré, not a criterion. Example: use of local, sustainable materials from Drenthe and produced by the Drenthe economy.


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