Electrically powered vehicles are booming

The Dutch approach to electric cars works. Good co-operation between private and public parties has resulted in major first steps towards accelerating the introduction of electrically powered vehicles.

For example, agreement has been reached regarding standard plugs and universal access to charging poles. Various subsidy programmes have been successfully launched. Responsible for these results is the Formula E team that has been set up. In response, car manufacturers have announced plans to increase the supply of electric cars to the Dutch market. These are the conclusions put forward by Transport Minister Eurlings and Economics Minister Van der Hoeven in the first progress report on electric cars, which was submitted to the Dutch Lower House today.

The cabinet aims to make car mobility more sustainable and strengthen the energy position of the Netherlands. One of the long-term options this cabinet is focusing on, in addition to source policy and short-term alternative fuels, is electrically powered vehicles. Over the past year, numerous measures have been taken to accelerate the market introduction of these vehicles. The government expressly intends to stimulate and facilitate this process, rather than forcing the issue.

The conclusion drawn in the progress report is that the car industry has shown great enterprise in taking up the development of electrically powered vehicles. In the next few years, faster than anticipated, large numbers of electric cars will become available. For most manufacturers, the plug-in hybrid constitutes the transition towards fully electric vehicles. With a view to this accelerated development, the Dutch government will be fleshing out the launching customership concept. In the next few months, a study will be conducted to investigate how such an arrangement can provide incentives for prospective buyers to purchase an electric car. Electrically powered vehicles are booming.