VOLT - Paving the way for electric vehicles

As mobility continues to shift and change in our world today, ensuring adequate access to electric charging points is an ever-growing challenge facing city authorities and transport planners. Across the globe, sales of electric cars are racing forward and are predicted to account for every new car purchase by 2040.  So how do our cities and urban areas accommodate the rapid influx of electric vehicles, while ensuring safe, secure, and sufficient access to charging points?
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Royal HaskoningDHV has developed a platform – VOLT – to enable city authorities across the world to manage this challenge. VOLT helps to determine the optimal layout for charging infrastructure – from how many charging stations that are required to their locations – and guide future planning, resulting in optimal access to a public charging network.

Electric vehicles – firmly on the road ahead 

Electric vehicles are gaining momentum – bringing benefits such as increased sustainability, improved liveability, and significantly reduced pollution levels, ensuring cleaner, greener air in our cities. However, it’s no secret that currently charging stations and additional charging infrastructure are not always well regulated or coordinated.

By embracing insights and taking the steps to plan, design and organise their charging infrastructure, cities can forge strong foundations to encourage and accommodate the growth of electric vehicles – while maintaining control over investment and development at a public and private level.

With electric vehicle numbers set to rise rapidly, city authorities and transport planners must prepare charging stations in a more cohesive manner so that they are accessible and available, all while still maintaining a liveable, aesthetically pleasing city. 

VOLT can

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Gain insights into developing future-proof charging infrastructure
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Provide a clear and concise overview on the quantity, location and charging requirements across the city
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Seamless user interface where city authorities can easily change the predicted number of charging stations and their distribution across the city.
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Ensure infrastructure meets the needs of the public, and helps drive the adoption of electric vehicles

Introducing VOLT

VOLT helps to predict and meet the charging demand for the rise in electric vehicles. The solution identifies the best locations for charging points based on a range of factors, from available space and street furniture to access and distance to the electricity grid.

All this data comes from widely accepted third-party sources, both national and local. At Royal HaskoningDHV, we enrich this data with insights based on our domain knowledge in sustainable mobility to further optimise the flow of traffic in and around the city. 
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With clear data and insights, VOLT also provides residents the opportunity to review and deliver valuable feedback to city authorities and transport planners, letting communities have a say and share in the vision for more sustainable modes of transport in and around their cities.

In addition, VOLT increases the quality and planning of public space by integrating the required charging infrastructure into our cities and communities in the most efficient way. City authorities can – via a dynamic, real-time dashboard - gain insights into optimal locations and the required distribution which helps make informed decisions so that our cities and public spaces are kept liveable, functional, and beautiful. 

Bold vision. Proven impact. 

The province of Drenthe was one of the first in the Netherlands to implement our innovative and integrated approach to electric vehicle charging points and benefitted from VOLT’s proven impact. Natasja Annyas: "VOLT is a very user-friendly application based in ArcGIS, where the user can immediately see forecasts of the growth in the number of electric vehicles. VOLT visually provides a very clear picture of the developments in electric transport per neighbourhood. The application is flexible, with new trends in society, insights and techniques, the parameters can be easily adjusted."

VOLT allows us to carry out and facilitate the transition to electric vehicles much better in collaboration with all partners, such as network operators, municipalities, (logistics) companies and public transport.

Natasja AnnyasProcess Director Regional Mobility Plan and Project Leader Charging Station Concession of the Province of Drenthe
José van der Plaat - Consultant Sustainable Mobility

Josévan der Plaat

Consultant Sustainable Mobility