Problem-free electric driving in the Benelux

Dutch drivers of electric vehicles will soon have fewer problems when driving in Belgium and Luxembourg. State Secretary Van Veldhoven (Infrastructure & Water Management) has agreed with her Benelux colleagues to work on making it easier to find electronic charging points, and to simplify and harmonise the method of paying for charging.

Ms Van Veldhoven: ‘Charging your electric vehicle should be just as easy as charging your phone. And yet, when people have to travel long distances, they ask themselves, “are there enough charging points in other countries, can I pay with my Dutch card and are the prices similar?” Together with Belgium and Luxembourg, we are now going to ensure that, at least in our countries, all this will be clear. The hope is that the rest of Europe will be hot on our heels.’


First three countries with shared borders


Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands are leaders in terms of electric driving. Today, already 25 percent of all plug-in hybrid and fully electric vehicles in the European Union are driving in the Benelux. 31 percent of all charging points are in these three countries. By making the new agreements, we will be the first three countries with shared borders in which drivers can use their own charge card or an app to continue their journey, simply and easily.

 

New zero-emission cars

Electric driving is better for the environment and the climate, and is helping the Netherlands realize its emission-reduction goals. With effect from 2030, new cars in the Netherlands will not be permitted to release harmful emissions. In 2050, CO2 emissions should be 60 percent lower than in 1990.


Dutch presidency of the Benelux Union


State Secretary Van Veldhoven made the agreements during the Benelux Zero-Emission Mobility Conference. The Netherlands assumed the presidency of the Benelux Union in 2017.