The Municipality of The Hague subsidises electric cars and smooths the way for fast charging points
As of 1 July 2016, the Municipality of The Hague has a subsidy scheme for fully electric cars, for both residents and businesses. Both new and second-hand vehicles are covered under the scheme, but only passenger cars, delivery vans and taxis that are fully electric are eligible. Due to the success of the scheme, The Hague intends to make subsidies available for the 2017 calendar year as well. In addition, The Hague smoothed the way for the introduction of fast-charging points in the city centre in 2016.
North Brabant launches tender procedure
In 2016, the province of North Brabant, in partnership with the province of Limburg, launched a tender procedure for the installation of 2,500 charging points. The tender procedure will be completed in early 2017. However, it was already clear in 2016 that this is the largest regional tender to date. In addition, it will result in new charging points being put in place without any investments from government authorities. The province of North Brabant aims to have 12,000 public or semi-public charging points in place by 2020 to enable an increase to 100,000 electric vehicles.
Only emission-free taxis at Amsterdam Central Station by 2021
In 2016, the Municipality of Amsterdam decided that, as of 2021, it will only allow emission-free taxis to use the taxi rank at Amsterdam Central Station. The Municipality of Amsterdam and the licenced taxi organisations (the so-called ‘Toegelaten Taxi Organisaties’, or TTOs) have set this out as part of the ‘Clean taxis for Amsterdam’ agreement. All licenced taxi organisations have signed the agreement, which also includes agreements about measures to ensure that more electric taxis will hit the road in the city in order to contribute to cleaner air. Clean taxis are currently already given priority at the taxi rank.
Amsterdam and Utrecht are moving forward on environmental zones
As part of their ultimate aim of banning polluting vehicles, the cities of Amsterdam and Utrecht decided to introduce environmental zones starting in 2016. On 1 January 2016, Utrecht was the first municipality in the Netherlands to introduce an environmental zone free of old diesel cars. In addition, the city intends to ban all non-electric scooters from the city centre from 2020. Initial research is currently being undertaken into ways of using licence-plate scanners to distinguish between polluting and clean two-wheelers. This research will also examine whether such a measure will be practicable for residents.
Amsterdam has announced that, as of 2018, it will ban two-stroke and four-stroke scooters that were first authorised for use prior to 1 January 2011 from the inner city. Finally, as of 1 January 2017, diesel cars that were first authorised prior to 1 January 2000 will be no longer be permitted within the A10 ring road.
All buses to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to be fully electric from 2018
From 2018, all buses going to and from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol as part of the new concession will be fully electric. This is one of the requirements stipulated in the new Amstelland-Meerlanden concession; Schiphol Airport falls within this concession area. The City Region of Amsterdam – like virtually every other region in the Netherlands – aims to have fully switched over to zero-emission buses by 2025. As Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s bus network lends itself particularly well to a fast transition to zero emissions, this change will be implemented here immediately. On the other bus lines, the transition will take place gradually, and tenderers are being asked to prepare a transition plan.
Rotterdam launches pilot for the wireless charging of electric vehicles
In the autumn of 2015, the first wireless charging system for electric passenger vehicles using an induction plate was put into operation in Rotterdam. Using this induction plate, suitable cars can be charged in public spaces. The induction plate is part of a pilot project with which the Municipality of Rotterdam intends to accelerate the rollout of wireless charging. The intention is that the experiences gained in this project will contribute to the future wide-scale application of the technology. The pilot project will explore issues of safety, user-friendliness and interoperability. One of the objectives is to figure out how to charge two different vehicles – made available by the Municipality of Rotterdam – on the same charging system. The pilot will come to an end in the first quarter of 2017.