One of the ways the Dutch international presence is visible is through the Partners for International Business (PIB) programme. This targets groups of companies that want to collectively enter a foreign market and use PIB support to create a tailored strategy rather than pursuing isolated activities.
In the past few years the PIB-funded Coast-to-Coast EV Connection, a partnership between the US West Coast and the Netherlands, has generated new opportunities for Dutch companies through several activities. Among other things, the TU/e’s Stella, the world’s first solar family car, was a big hit and enjoyed a successful tour along the American West Coast. Several Dutch businesses have received orders from the US totalling hundreds of thousands to a few million euros.
The PIB project East Coast Electric, begun in December 2013 and targeting the US East Coast, is also booming. In 2016 one new PIB projects started, knowing the PIB project Austria.
Further the Netherlands is a member of the international Implementing Agreement for co-operation on Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Technologies (IA-HEV) run by the International Energy Agency.