E-mobility in The Netherlands

The Dutch government’s ambition for electric driving is to reduce CO2 emissions, improve energy-efficiency, and reduce dependency on fossil fuels.

Car2Go vehicles

Car2Go cars parked at Dam square, Amsterdam

Electric driving also reduces noise pollution from traffic while opening up new opportunities for the commercial sector. For these reasons, the Dutch government is eager to realize a critical mass of two hundred thousand electric vehicles on the roads in the Netherlands by 2020.

For more information, see Nederlandelektrisch.nl or download our publication: We are the Netherlands, your partner in E-mobility.

Market facts

In 2014, an average of 4 percent of new purchases were electric (adding full electric and plug-in hybrid models together), with a peak of nearly 8 percent in April 2014. At the start of 2014, there were 30,086 electric vehicles (with three wheels or more) registered in the Netherlands. At the end of 2014, this number had grown to 45,915. This is an increase of 15,829 electric vehicles, or 53%.

Economic potential

Employment in the Dutch e-mobility sector employment quintupled between 2008 and 2013: that is the major conclusion in a report by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency about cashing in on electric driving’s economic potential. The number of full-time jobs (FTE’s) rose from 300 in 2008 to 1,600 in 2013.

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