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The Dutch government’s ambition for electric driving is to reduce CO2 emissions, improve energy-efficiency, and reduce dependency on fossil fuels. 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 realise a critical mass of 200,000 electric vehicles on the roads in the Netherlands by 2020. The number of electric cars in the Netherlands has grown dramatically in the past few years – in an auto market that is shrinking across the board. The number of companies active in the sector is also increasing.

In documents like Electric mobility gets up (2011) to speed, the National Energy Agreement (2013) and the Brandstofvisie (2014), the government describes the activities that will be implemented to realise this ambition, and how the Netherlands can continue to expand its position as an internationally attractive place to test and market electric driving. To do so, the Netherlands are concentrating our strengths in this arena, focusing on customised solutions, and aligning regional, national, and commercial activities.

National roll-out scenario for electric vehicles

Time frame

Market development (stage)

Our ambition

Actual figures


demonstration projects (start-up)

2,500-3,000 EV’s

1,579 EV’s (End-2011)


up-scaling (implementation)

15,000-20,000 EV’s

90,275 EV’s (December 31, 2015)


continued roll-out (consolidation)

200,000 EV’s

 115,223 EV’s (December 31, 2016)

> 2020

mature market (scale back)

1,000,000 EV’s in 2025