Electric vehicles taking off fast in the Netherlands
In the first half of 2013, there has been an explosive growth in the number of electric vehicles in the Netherlands.
20,000 electric vehicles by 2015
At the end of June, there were 10,049 electric vehicles registered in the Netherlands, compared to 7,500 at the end of 2012. This includes all types of electric vehicles, with the exception of scooters and electric bikes. The majority of the registered electric vehicles (93%) are passenger cars and electric utility vans. In total, 70 percent are plug-in hybrids.
The Dutch government wants to have some 15,000 to 20,000 electric vehicles on Dutch roads by the end of 2015. With the current growth rate, industry experts expect the government's goal will certainly be reached. Holland is also developing infrastructure for electric mobility. By 2015, the Netherlands will be home to the world's largest network of charging stations for electric vehicles, with a charger within 50km of every inhabitant. A contract for 200 fast-charge stations was recently placed by the Dutch company Fastned with Swiss energy specialist ABB.