Amsterdam’s green ambitions
According to duurzaambedrijfsleven.nl, a Dutch website specialising in sustainability throughout the business community, there were 7,500 electric cars on Dutch roads at the end of 2012. Thus, the latest mid-year figures reflect a steady uptake. The Dutch government is targeting between 15,000 and 20,000 users by the end of 2015, and at the current growth rate, it is expected that this goal will be achieved – especially as a project to build a national network of recharging stations will begin in the second half of 2013.
Within the Netherlands, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area has set a leading example over how to build a greener future by encouraging the adoption of electric vehicles. Car manufacturers from around the world (including Tesla and Nissan) have come here to test and showcase their latest electric vehicles and the city has successfully invested in the installation of charging points around the city. There is also a fleet of electric taxis operating in and around the city.
In less than three years, the number of electric vehicles on the streets of Amsterdam had increased by more than 10 fold to almost 800 in January 2013. And by encouraging businesses in Amsterdam to invest in electric transportation, the city boosts innovation, sustainable development and the quality of living throughout the region.
The city supports transport innovation
In recent years the city has also launched several subsidy schemes to encourage the general public and businesses to make use of electric vehicles. You can learn more about Amsterdam's electric vehicle subsidy here.