Amsterdam as an electric vehicle pioneer

Hyundai has announced that their new IONIQ Car Sharing initiative will launch in Amsterdam. It will begin with 100 electric cars that can accommodate up to five people each, plus luggage. With a range of up to 280 kilometres and a top speed of 165 km/hour, the vehicles will also be able to travel to cities outside of Amsterdam.

Hyundai said it was logical to choose Amsterdam as the launching city for this project. "With more than 2,200 public charging stations, Amsterdam has the best infrastructure for electric cars in Europe," the company said (Dutch link).

Users locate the cars using a smartphone app, which also opens the car's doors and starts the engine. There are no fuel costs or fees for excess kilometres, and the cars can also be parked in public parking spaces anywhere within the ring road. Hyundai expects their cars to enjoy occupancy rates of 20 to 30%, versus only about 5% for a typical private car.

On the way to a zero-emissions city

Hyundai was impressed by Amsterdam's efforts to create a greener and cleaner city. "Amsterdam's objective of being CO2-neutral from 2025 onwards also fits perfectly with Hyundai's strategy of making sustainable mobility possible for everyone," Hyundai said.

Amsterdam is taking major steps to promote electric transport and get rid of polluting vehicles, on its way to becoming a zero-emissions city. Examples include subsidies for commercial electric vehicles, as well as the extensive public network of charging points that the city has built over the past few years. These charging points also help Amsterdam reach other sustainability targets, such as the storage of sustainable energy. Likewise, the city takes part in national and Europe-wide projects, such as the EU's SEEV4City. Together, these initiatives will help Amsterdam maintain its position as the city with the most widely-used charging network in the world.

Hyundai's concept is similar to the Car2Go, which also chose Amsterdam as its launch city in 2011. Car-sharing projects like these also lead to fewer overall cars in public space, which means that fewer parking spaces are needed.