With over 18,000 public access charging points, 75,000 registered electric vehicles on the road, successful EV car sharing programs and many electric taxis, buses and trucks, this is the Netherlands, a country that easily embraces new ideas. The eMobility sector in the Netherlands has grown dramatically in recent years, turning the country into a global leader in the EV sector. As a result of its success, this article looks at the main reasons behind the development of EV technology and discusses the most interesting projects in the Netherlands and in Amsterdam.
With its history of international trade and innovation, exporting goods and services is in our genes. Industry is undergoing constant developments and a major problem today is air pollution. The COP21 conference in Paris has once again shown that eMobility is one of the solutions to reduce climate change. The Dutch government fully agrees with this position and started to develop the EV sector many years ago with the aim of reducing emissions of CO2, nitrogen and particulates (PM10, PM2.5), improving energy efficiency and decreasing fossil fuel dependency.
However words are not enough. Over 40 public and private Dutch entities have signed the National Energy Agreement for Sustainable Growth in the Netherlands that demonstrates the willingness of many parties to work towards a sustainable economy and society. The agreement contains clear targets and ambitious goals: 200,000 electric vehicles on the roads by 2020; 1 million EVs by 2025. This is a far-reaching objective, but has its advantages as the EV industry will create over 10,000 fulltime jobs in the Netherlands by 2020. Read more…
Laurens van Mourik
Sustainable mobility consultant, EVConsult
Article published in: FuturENERGY December 2015