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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

The Dutch government and Formula E-Team are aiming for:

  • That in 2025 50% of the newly sold cars are equipped with an electric drive line and plug and that at least 30% of them - which means 15% - are fully electric.
  • By 2020, the ambition is that 10% of newly sold passenger cars have an electric drive line and can be charged.
  • That by 2020 75,000 consumers drive electric vehicles, of which 50,000 used cars and 25,000 new vehicles.