The City of Amsterdam and companies in the city have achieved impressive results in recent years. Here are some of the highlights:
- Amsterdam now has the highest density of charging stations in the world: in 2014, the city passed the milestone of 1,000 public charging stations. Amsterdam is also home to another 1,000 semi-public or private charging points.
- The Amsterdam City Council aims to have 4,000 charging points in the city by 2018.
- As of December 2014, 4,195,879.3 kilowatt hours have been charged at public charging points. This is equivalent of almost 21 million emission-free kilometers.
- Amsterdam played a pioneering role in the development process for Dutch/European charging plugs. The defined standard applies to all Dutch and European car manufacturers.
- Thanks to agreements with Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi, Amsterdam was one of the first cities in Europe to make electric cars publicly available.
- In 2011, Europe’s first fully electric taxi company (Taxi Electric) was launched in Amsterdam.
- From October 2014, all journeys by taxi departing from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol are made in electric cars (the Tesla Model S).
- In December 2011, the City of Amsterdam introduced a new subsidy scheme to stimulate high-mileage corporate car users to switch to electric transport. This subsidy scheme helped 750 electric vehicles on the road (February 2015).
- Car2Go offers 350 electric cars in Amsterdam as part of their car sharing scheme. An international first is that all Car2Go vehicles in Amsterdam are 100% electric. Car2Go cars may use the charging stations across the city and are permitted to park at all parking spaces in the city without the driver incurring additional parking charges.
- The Amsterdam ArenA stadium car park is home to Europe’s (and probably the world’s) first smart charging hub. The 20 charging points communicate with each other to determine which car requires the most power.
- In February 2015 Amsterdam presented the results of their collaboration with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. This was the first time an extensive research has been done in the field of public charging data and the behavior of electric car users. It will be used in the further development of Amsterdam’s public charging network.