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Electric transport in the Netherlands


For many years the Netherlands has been one of the leading electric transport players in the world. That makes us an interesting partner. For over a decade the Netherlands has been investing in the rollout of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, and in the development of new technologies and connectivity.

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency supports this in several ways.

All new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2030

Supported by the national climate policy, the Netherlands has strong ambitions. All new passenger vehicles sold in the Netherlands will have to be zero-emission by 2030. Whether they are hydrogen fuel cell cars or battery electric vehicles, they will have to make the greatest possible use of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar.

The sharp boost in the adoption of electric vehicles creates new challenges for the national network of charging infrastructure. Here too, the goals are ambitious: the number of charging points must be tripled by 2025 and even eight-fold by 2030. The Netherlands has one of the densest charging networks in the world and is a European leader in electric driving. The National Charging Infrastructure Agenda (NAL) (in Dutch) is a joint approach towards a charging network ready for the expected number of electric vehicles. NAL consists of the goals and actions to make that happen.

Zero-emission transport offers clear benefits

The turn to zero-emission transport offers clear benefits, for now and in the future. First, it helps make our towns and cities smarter, greener and safer. It also offers new economic opportunities: the market for electric vehicles continues to grow and expand. Also, there are many opportunities for Dutch companies to sell their products and services abroad. Or for foreign companies to set up offices in the Netherlands and create jobs.

A steering group has been created to structure and plan the (inter)national activities: the Steering Committee on the Internationalisation of Dutch e-mobility of the Formula E-Team (in Dutch), the Holland E-mobility public-private platform.

Electric transport and the role of the Netherlands Enterprise Agency

The Netherlands Enterprise Agency takes its role as a captain of the rollout of electric transport in the Netherlands very seriously. By encouraging activities, research, monitoring, and international support for companies to improve earning potential. With programmes such as ICEP and PIB:

  • ICEP: promoting trade abroad
    The International Clean Energy Partnership (ICEP) focuses on promoting trade. It helps small Dutch businesses that offer renewable energy products and services abroad.
  • PIB: for businesses that want to go abroad
    Partners for International Business (PIB) is a programme that allows Dutch businesses to enter public-private partnerships to realise their international goals. Companies in the field of electric transport are also eligible for PIB.

Participation in international networks

The Netherlands is a member of several international partnerships in the field of electric transport, among which:

  • Transport Decarbonisation Alliance is a partnership between countries, cities/regions, and companies. Its goal to speed up the worldwide shift of the transportation sector towards a net-zero emission transport system before 2050. The Netherlands (State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management Stientje van Veldhoven) is the chair of the TDA.
  • Hybrid and Electric Vehicles Technology Collaboration Programme wants to advance electric transport by joint international research and knowledge exchange of the 18 member countries.
  • Electric Vehicle Initiative (EVI) is a global collaboration between 13 countries to reach a 30% market share of electric vehicles of new sales in 2030.
  • ZEV Alliance is a cooperation between 5 countries and 13 regional governments that want to expand the global market for zero-emission vehicles and encourage policy collaboration.

Subsidies and programmes for electric transport

European programmes in which the Netherlands and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency contribute:

    The Netherlands is the organiser of the European group ID & Data Collection for Sustainable Fuels in Europe (IDACS). The goal of the project is to support better consumer understanding to the use of alternative fuels, such as electricity and hydrogen.
  • FPC: Fuel Price Comparison
    As of 7 December 2020 a new EU obligation will come in force. This so-called fuel price comparison (FPC) gives a price indication of 6 fuels (gasoline, hydrogen and electricity) to inform consumers on the various fuels and their prices. The aim is to encourage them to buy as next passenger vehicle one on alternative fuels.

Other programmes are:

  • CEF (in Dutch): Connecting Europe Facility Transport
  • Horizon (in Dutch): Stimulate European research and innovation
  • INTERREG (in Dutch): cross-border cooperation on social issues
  • LIFE (in Dutch): for a better environment and climate in Europe

Are you curious about the other programmes? Visit the website of the European Commission.

NL Branding: Electric Transport

NL Branding: Electric Transport

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    *Mysterious music playing*
    Establishing shots of traffic around the world.

    To preserve planet earth, we need to change the energy and mobility system worldwide.
    The Dutch are accustomed at transforming big challenges into great opportunities.
    We share knowledge, encourage easy use, support entrepreneurship and connect sciences.
    We are committed to zero emission mobility.

    On-screen text: Battery Electric Bus
    Transition starts with ambition.

    Transition starts with ambition.
    The Dutch ambition is to extend our leading position in the field of zero emission transport further, to inspire and motivate others in taking the road to zero emission, and to accelerate along it.
    As a result: The Netherlands has one of the densest charging networks in the world.
    And, we are one of the leading players in electric transport.
    Not only in the roll-out of passenger cars and electric buses but also in charging infrastructure and the development of new technologies and services.
    Many foreign-built charging poles have Dutch technology inside.
    We invented seamless charging services and open protocols and export them worldwide.
    Something to be proud of we think.
    Dutch start-ups have global influence on new technology development, increasing efficiency and reducing costs.
    It’s through the spirit of the next generation that we find new ways to grow.
    The key success factors are cooperation, knowledge development and regional anchoring.

    On-screen text: Battery Electric Truck.
    Truck is being unloaded at a local grocery store.
    On-screen text: Light Electric Delivery Van.

    A number of Dutch cities are working towards zero emission zones to support the roll-out of clean modes of transport.
    The introduction of renewable, sustainable city distribution will help to make our cities smarter and greener.

    On-screen text: Battery Electric Garbage Truck

    We strongly believe in working together.
    That’s why, amongst others, the Dutch government works via public-private partnerships.
    Together we can find the right solutions that make a sustainable difference.
    Join us on our journey to a zero-emission future.

    on-screen text: Join us on our journey to a zero-emissions future!
    We thank the Zero-Emission Transport Sector in the Netherlands!
    With special thanks to:
    Formula E-team (National public-private platform for e-mobility in the Netherlands)
    DOET (Dutch Organisation for Electric Transport)
    NKL (the Netherlands Knowledge Platform for Public Charging Infrastructure)
    VDL Bus & Coach
    Municpality of Utrecht
    Holthausen Clean Technology
    Jumbo Supermarkten B.V.
    Lightyear One
    Allego B.V.
    Solar Team Eindhoven
    Urban Technology Research Programme, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
    Rijkswaterstaat (Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management)
    Produced by Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)