A preliminary design of the first planned mobility hub in Amsterdam - E-lympic, Source: Amsterdam Municipality

Next year, Amsterdam starts building the filling station of the future

Next year, Amsterdam starts building the filling station of the future

The term ‘petrol station’ will become anachronistic so the facility will be called a ‘mobility hub’

With the rise of electric mobility, the view is that petrol filling stations will gradually become a thing of the past. But what’s set to replace them? The City of Amsterdam thinks it has the answer – something called a ‘mobility hub’.

The mobility hub will kind of resemble a traditional filling station, but it will instead be dedicated to servicing the needs of electric vehicles rather than fossil fuel-powered ones. It will feature facilities such as fast chargers, electric shared vehicles and other services, such as catering and workplaces.

The first one of these, called E-lympic (the name was picked following a consultation with residents) will begin to be constructed in the first quarter of next year on Stadionplein in Amsterdam Zuid. The preliminary concept can be seen in the picture; however, its final shape and outlay will still be a matter of discussion in the following months.

Emission-free Amsterdam by 2030

Amsterdam wants to make the area within the ring road an emission-free zone by 2030. To achieve this, it needs to quickly expand the number of fast-charging locations. Plus, the local government wants to reduce car ownership among Amsterdam residents.

That’s why a big part of the E-lympic mobility hub will be the availability of shared electric mobility, apart from the charging stations.

The mobility hub will make optimal use of green electricity and locally generated energy. A smart energy management system with a battery will help to minimize the load on the electricity grid.

E-lympic will serve as a test bed. Together with the AMS Institute, the City will study how useful such mobility hubs will be, and what they mean for traffic and for energy consumption. The results can serve to improve the design of future mobility hubs.



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