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Electric vehicle industry in the Netherlands - Statistics and Facts

Alternatively fueled vehicles are an important part of reducing the global carbon footprint. Electric driving is an innovation, offering economic potential and opportunities for the business community. Dutch companies have put most of their focus on the e-mobility components of the charging infrastructure and services, manufacturing, production of light electric vehicles and electric scooters.

When looking at one of the e-mobility sectors, electric cars, figures show that their numbers have grown dramatically in recent years. The number of electric passenger cars on the road in the Netherlands amounted to approximately 218 thousand in 2020, more than double the amount of 2015. This development can be seen with the number of newly registered electric passenger cars in the Netherlands as well. While in 2010 there were roughly 200 electric passenger cars registered, in 2018 numbers amounted to approximately 24,000. As such, the share of alternative fuel cars in the Dutch automobile market also increased compared to earlier years. As of 2019, nearly a quarter of all passenger cars sold in the Netherlands were driven (partially) by electricity or CNG.

Besides positive developments in the electric car industry, the future for electric bicycles is looking bright as well. Between 2007 and 2019, the share of electric bicycle sales in the Netherlands rose significantly to roughly 42 percent in 2019. Therefore, it is not a surprise that the import value of electric bicycles in the Netherlands rose as well. In 2012, the import value amounted to approximately 85 million euros. This was much lower than in 2019, when the value increased more than sixfold to roughly 536 million euros.

As mentioned previously, Dutch e-mobility companies particularly focus on electric scooters. Looking at the number of registered electric motor vehicles in the Netherlands, the moped (25km/h) was the most registered motor vehicle as of August 2020, with approximately 40,000 registrations. It was a significant difference compared to other vehicles. The 45 km/h moped, for example, got nearly 11,000 registrations.

Looking at Tesla, the sales volume in the Netherlands increased rapidly between 2012 and 2020. If in 2012 the sales volume of Tesla amounted to approximately 30, in 2019 it increased to roughly 31,000 sold Tesla cars. As of August 2020, the sales volume reached 3,518. It is expected that this number will increase steadily in the future, although the record-breaking sales figures for 2019 are probably out of reach. Tesla's success in 2019 can be attributed to the release of the cheaper Model 3 and the tax system in the Netherlands, which changed slightly for the following year.


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