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.

Car charging station sign

Electric driving also reduces noise pollution from traffic while opening up new opportunities for the commercial sector. For these reasons, the government is eager to realise a critical mass of 400,000 electric vehicles on the roads in the Netherlands by 2030.

The Netherlands is considered to be one of the major players in the global electric mobility sector. Along with China and France, the Dutch saw a significant increase in full battery electric vehicles. The country’s charging station density is unique in the world, with more than 1 charging point per 4 electric cars.

Market facts

The Netherlands had 142,686 electric vehicles on its roads in 2018. The majority are still plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV), 97,702 - down from 98,217 in 2017. However, full battery electric vehicles (BEV) saw a significant increase to 44,984 cars – up from 21,115 in 2017.

There was also an increase of newly registered vehicles in 2018, a total of 29,159 (25,065 BEVs and 4094 PHEVs).

As for charging points, the Netherlands had 37,037 stations spread around the country in 2018: 1083 fast-charging and 35,954 public and semi-public charging installations.

Economic potential

Dutch e-mobility sector employed 3730 full-time workers in 2016, a 21% increase compared to 2015. The increase in the workforce was partially due to the installments of new charging points in the Netherlands. Also, the development of batteries, software, drive engineering – contributed to the increase.

More information

For more information, download our publications: Mission Zero Powered by Holland and Electric Transport in the Netherlands.