Breakthrough in sharing electric cars in housing projects

Within the next three years, seven cities will see the completion of innovative housing projects in which electric shared-use cars play a major role. To this end, State Secretary Van Veldhoven (Infrastructure and Water Management) today concluded a City Deal with the cities of Amsterdam, The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Amstelveen, Amersfoort, and Apeldoorn. The Deal will result in reduced emission levels, cheaper houses, a smarter energy system, plus more room for greenery or children’s play areas.

Citydeal

The signing of the City Deal on “Electric shared-use mobility in urban area development” marks the launch of a three-year programme in which the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the province of Zuid-Holland, the seven cities involved, and major private parties are collectively going to gain experience with sharing electric cars in combination with solar energy generated by private residences. Sharing the know-how acquired will subsequently enable the innovations to be implemented in other housing projects in the Netherlands.

State Secretary Van Veldhoven: ‘I am very happy with this City Deal, because cutting down on parking spots will generate room for more greenery, more children’s play areas, or additional bicycle parking facilities. Moreover, residents sharing cars will be more inclined to take their bicycle or the bus, rather than take the car. This will reduce the CO2 emissions by some 20 per cent. Fewer exhaust gases in the streets means that residents will have a healthier living environment. And the use of electric cars will boost the environmental and health gains even more.’

Affordable and attractive

In the three years ahead, each city will participate with a minimum of two housing projects. All in all, the City Deal will involve more than 5000 new houses and 200 electric shared-use cars. The introduction of shared-use cars will substantially reduce the need for parking spots, which will render the houses more affordable. The energy required for the electric shared-use cars will be generated by solar panels. In several projects, the cars’ batteries will play a role in the energy supply of the neighbourhood. Stationary vehicles connected to a smart grid will be able to store excess energy for future use.

Background

The City Deal ensues from the inter-administrative Urban Agenda programme [Agenda Stad]. This involves a collaboration between cities, the national government, the European Commission, NGOs, and the business community aimed at reinforcing growth, liveability, and innovation in the networks of Dutch and European cities.

Organisations participating in the City Deal include Syntrus Achmea, Heijmans, BPD, Synchroon, NEPROM, Smart Solar Charging, and ElaadNL knowledge institute.