Dutch roads see a steep increase in electric cars

The Netherlands continues to embrace smart mobility. According to the business platform DuurzaamBedrijfsleven, more than 24,000 new electric cars were registered in the country in 2018; that is three times as many as the 8,000 bought in the previous year. There are now almost 50,000 fully electric cars on Dutch roads: more than twice as many as there were at the end of 2017. These figures don’t include hybrid vehicles.

The Dutch embrace electric cars

The most popular electric cars came from the high-end section of the market, including models manufactured by Jaguar and Tesla. But models by VW, Nissan, Renault, BMW and Hyundai were also popular among buyers. So far, the success of electric cars does not incorporate hydrogen models, which haven’t sold in large numbers; however, plans for expanding hydrogen stations in the Netherlands may change this situation in the future.

Amsterdam electric car charging Edwin van Eis

Smart mobility in Amsterdam

Paradoxically, the forecast for sales of electric cars in the coming years is less positive, precisely because of their popularity. Trade associations expect a decrease in sales due to high demand resulting in longer delivery times. The steep increase of electric cars is in line with the Netherlands’ general embrace of smart mobility initiatives. The country and particularly Amsterdam have been at the forefront of the field for many years, with large numbers of electric boats, cars, buses and scooters, plus a record number of charging stations for electric vehicles. The city is also supporting efforts to increase electric car-sharing services.

Read more about Amsterdam’s smart-mobility initiatives and businesses.