Welcome to the recap of our webinar on “Smart Solutions for Sustainable Mobility part II: A Dutch Perspective on EVs, Charging, and Active Travel” Organized by the Smart Mobility Embassy, the international label of Connekt. In this session, we provided insights into current solutions shaping the future of mobility in the Netherlands, with a specific focus on roles in EVs, Charging, and Active Travel from a mobility perspective.

This webinar marked the second of a series of events leading up to Intertraffic Amsterdam, 16 till 19 of April 2024.  Thank you for joining us, looking forward meeting up soon! 


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Strategies for a future proof charging infrastructure network – Maarten Verbeek, Consultant Sustainable Transport & Mobility at TNO 

Takeaways of Maarten Verbeek  
– Charging infrastructure roll-out strategies should be adaptive  
– Technological & cost developments 
– Changes in vehicle use / behaviour / mobility trends 
– Governments should take a coordinating role to prioritize societal goals 
– Usage of (physical space) 
– Usage of grid capacity
– Good geographical coverage (also in unprofitable locations) 
– Affordable charging for all  
– Charge point operators act to minimise grid congestion 
– Provide alternatives for whom zero-emission vehicles are not (yet) an option 
– Public transport 
– Cycling network 

Bio Maarten Verbeek, Consultant Sustainable Transport & Mobility at TNO 
Maarten Verbeek (1982) holds an MSc in Mechanical Engineering. Since he joined TNO in January 2010 as Consultant Sustainable Mobility and Logistics, he has been intensively involved in technology assessment and policy-oriented studies in the field of transport, energy and environment. Currently Maarten has been active in multiple framework contracts for DG CLIMA and DG MOVE focussing on technical and economic assessments of options for and impacts of CO2 legislation for light duty and heavy duty vehicles. Besides this work for the European commission, Maarten has been supporting several Dutch cities in establishing their strategies regarding (traffic related) air pollution. Moreover, he has been working closely with the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment on reducing traffic related CO2 emissions and pollutants. 

Sustainable urban mobility and electrical grid capabilities – Jop Spoelstra, Innovatie Manager at Technolution   

Takeaways of Jop Spoelstra 
– Scaling EV charging infrastructure requires a mobility & energy integrated approach 
– You can impact the ‘location’ aspect 
– You can impact the ‘timing’ aspect 

Bio Jop Spoelstra, Innovatie Manager at Technolution  
As Innovation manager at Technolution Jop shapes and manages Technolution innovation roadmaps in the domains of mobility and energy. With his background in EV charging data analysis, he knows how IT Technology can be a key puzzle piece in supporting and accelerating the energy transition. 

VOLT: paving the way for electric vehicles– José van der Plaat, Consultant Sustainable Mobility –  at Royal HaskoningDHV 

Takeaways of José van der Plaat 
– Take control 
– Plan ahead 
– Think multimodal 

Bio – José van der Plaat, Consultant Sustainable Mobility –  at Royal HaskoningDHV 
As a consultant sustainable mobility for Royal HaskoningDHV I’m active in the field of (shared) e-mobility, public transport and mobility as a service practices. In the field of e-mobility I represent Royal Haskonings proposition called ‘VOLT’. A data driven software solution that determines the optimal (spatial) layout of a (public) charging network. The solution guides future planning resulting in optimal access an effective use of resources. A powerful piece in the greater mobility transition challenge that we are facing. 

Planning for active modes in SUMP - Pascale Willems, Urban Mobility Consultant at Goudappel   

Takeaways of Pascale Willems 
– Potential lies in short distances and as first or last mile 
– A typical pedestrian or cyclist does not exist 
– Infrastructure is important, but not all: educate and promote active modes 
– The Netherlands’ problems were and are not unique, their solutions shouldn’t be that either 
– If you design for active modes, you get active modes  

Bio – Pascale Willems, Urban Mobility Consultant at Goudappel   
Pascale has eight years of experience in transport engineering and urban planning. During this period Pascale has worked for Goudappel on projects involving Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) for cities and regions in the Netherlands, her country-of-origin Belgium (Flanders), Germany and Suriname. She takes an integrated approach to mobility planning by connecting social, spatial, climate, and economic challenges. Her strength lies in being able to think at a strategic level and translate this to an operational and tactical level. Pascale believes that she can make a positive impact by using mobility planning and planning for active modes to contribute to an attractive living environment for everyone. 

Data-Driven policy making in active mobilty - Mirelle Peters Community manager for road safety and cycling at NTM  

Takeaways of Mirelle Peters 
– Organize your expertise ánd data on a regional and national level and with that make data and applications accessible for everyone
– Make the bicycle as important as a the car: in expertise, space ánd data 
– More cyclists mean new problems, so anticipate on these problems by collecting data, monitoring so you can invest in time in infrastructure and safety Bio – Mirelle Peters Community manager for road safety and cycling at NTM  

BIO Mirelle Peters Communitymanager for Road Safety, Cycling and Traffic Management Management at the Dutch National Access Point for mobility data (NTM)
Mirelle is Communitymanager for Road Safety, Cycling and Traffic Management Management at NTM and cycling ambassador for NAPCORE and data and digitalization enthusiast. Before this I worked as a policy advisor on data and digitalization for the city of Utrecht where I analyzed cycle, road safety and parking data and worked on a regional and national level on digitalization.  

Other webinars and Intertraffic

Join us for the next webinars on
– Webinar Smart Solutions for Sustainable Mobility part III: Exploring Public-Private Partnerships, Connectivity, and Hubs

Also, remember that the organizations represented by our speakers can be found at the Connekt-Pavilion during Intertraffic! 

Questions or more information? 

Please don’t hesitate to contact Marije de Nijs – Connekt/ITS Netherlands: marije.denijs@connekt.nl