Electric vehicle industry in the Netherlands - Statistics and Facts

Alternatively fuelled 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 the past year. The number of electric passenger cars on the road in the Netherlands amounted to approximately 115,000 in 2016, more than double the amount in 2014. This development can be seen with the number of newly registered electric passenger cars in the Netherlands as well. If in 2010 there were roughly 200 electric passenger cars registered, in 2015 numbers amounted to approximately 3,000. However, the share of alternative fuel cars in the Dutch automobile market remained relatively small with roughly 3.5 percent, compared to a little less than 78 percent of petrol cars.

Besides positive developments in the electric car industry, the future for electric bicycles is looking bright as well. Between 2007 and 2016, the share of electric bicycle sales in the Netherlands rose significantly to roughly 25 percent. Therefore, it's 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, compared to 2016, when the value more than doubled to roughly 197.6 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 March 2017, with approximately 33,000 registrations. It was a significant difference compared to other vehicles. The 45 km/h moped, for example, got nearly 4,000 registrations.

There is a long way to go before the share of electric vehicles is higher than the petrol fuelled. However, the share of consumers thinking about purchasing an electric vehicle within 2015 and 2016 grew. In light of reducing the carbon footprint and the Paris Agreement this is a positive development, but the challenge remains to convince the majority of the potential and importance of electromobility.

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