The charging point installed in front of Last Mile Solutions’ Rotterdam office recently was manufactured and supplied by Streetplug.

FREMONT, CA: The city of Rotterdam, Streetplug, an innovative charging facility for electric cars, and Last Mile Solutions have teamed up for a pilot with the world’s first underground electric car charging station. The Streetplug is a small electric vehicle charging station with a range of up to 22 kW. The effect of the charging point on the outside space is minimized due to the Streetplug’s location in the street or on the sidewalk. Following the testing process, the Streetplug’s experiences will be evaluated for potential use.

Eric van Voorden, co-founder and CEO of Last Mile Solutions: “An underground charging station has aesthetic and practical advantages, because it has little to no influence on public space. Moreover, a traditional charging station, like the Streetplug, also requires excavation and there are few technical differences between the two.”

The charging point installed in front of Last Mile Solutions’ Rotterdam office recently was manufactured and supplied by Streetplug. Last Mile Solutions, in turn, is responsible for the charging station’s public accessibility and payment processing.

Since the charging station is buried and the hatch must open to insert the plug, drainage of water and soil from the street must be considered. In addition, the card reader sits on the ground rather than at the hip level, which can reduce user-friendliness. “Thanks to this pilot project, we can experience all these things firsthand,” added Voorden.

Featured among Energy Tech Review’s “Top Smart Energy Solution Providers in Europe-2021”, Last Mile Solutions is preparing to become a more critical part of the future trends as EVs, autonomous driving, and car-sharing bring about revolutionary changes in the industry. “Our partnership with different automobile OEMs allows us to do all kinds of experiments on automated driving, testing vehicle to grid connections, plug and charge solutions, all of which are necessary to thrive in the future,” asserts Voorden.