Dutch business community goes electric in Shanghai

Today, Dutch Transport Minister Eurlings and Peter Bakker, CEO of TNT, revealed the first fully electrically powered car for the courier and express parcel industry. The Dutch TNT branch will immediately put the first five of an entire fleet of electric cars into service in the Chinese city.

The Minister revealed the vehicle in the Holland Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo during the Responsible Transport Forum. The object of this forum, organised by stakeholders in the world of transport and the Dutch government, is to promote sustainable and safe transport. During the meeting, approximately 100 participants from industry, government and academic circles exchanged experiences and ideas on how to set up transport in a more responsible manner.

Led by Minister Eurlings, the Dutch business community and the Dutch government present themselves as investment partners for sustainable economic development. TNT is a leading example of the use of sustainable transport. CEO Bakker reiterated that his company intends to reduce its CO2 emissions by 45 per cent by 2020. Minister Eurlings emphasised that the Dutch geography and dense electricity grid offer attractive investment options for electrically powered vehicles. That is why developing infrastructure, tax incentives and launching customership are key items on the government’s agenda (as one of the main users of new technologies, the Dutch government plays a stimulating, launching role in the application of these technologies).