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 123,500 in 2017, 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 2016 numbers amounted to approximately 4,000. However, the share of alternative fuel cars in the Dutch automobile market remained relatively small with roughly seven percent (including hybrid), compared to 75 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 2017, the share of electric bicycle sales in the Netherlands rose significantly to roughly 30 percent in 2017. 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 200 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 July 2018, with approximately 40,000 registrations. It was a significant difference compared to other vehicles. The 45 km/h moped, for example, got nearly 5,400 registrations.

Looking at Tesla, the sales volume in the Netherlands increased rapidly between 2012 and 2017. If in 2012 the sales volume of Tesla amounted to approximately 30, in 2017 it increased to roughly 3,300 sold Tesla cars. As of July 2018, the sales volume reached 2,808. It is expected that this number will increase in the future. However, the radius of the electric vehicles should increase to make it more attractive.

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