Dutch municipalities’ preparedness for the arrival of electric transportation

Right now the Dutch island municipality of Terschelling is best prepared for the arrival of electric cars. The four major cities of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht are also in the top ten, and are among the leaders in the Netherlands. This is revealed in the league table 2017 Dutch Municipalities Charging Infrastructure. Compiled by the Living Lab Smart Charging, the table considers the number of charging points present per 1,000 currently registered cars. Terschelling has the largest number of charging points available per vehicle. The table shows that significant expenditure on electric vehicle infrastructure still needs to be made in the years ahead.

Terschelling drives electric
The island has 47 shared electric vehicles on its roads, with bus transportation and parcel delivery also being electrified. Next year the energy cooperative Terschelling Energie will also start generating its own solar and wind power, which will later be linked to electric transportation. So Terschelling is ready for the future, says Terschelling alderman Van der Wielen.

‘We’ve already got the infrastructure in place here. When people make even more use of electric vehicles in the future, we can facilitate this. Terschelling can already demonstrate this to other municipalities. I would say make a start on it, because it takes some time, but it’s certainly something you need to get going with.’

Since the beginning of electric transportation on Terschelling in 2015, more than 140,000 trips have already been made in shared cars from WattCar, and some 3,300 people use the shared electric cars, which recharge from the GreenFlux infrastructure.

Complete 2017 Dutch Municipalities Charging Infrastructure League Table
Some one million electric cars are expected to be on the road in the Netherlands by 2025. The new cabinet also wants all new cars sold after 2030 to be emissions-free. Bus transportation and truck traffic will also become steadily more electrical in the years ahead. This means that significant investment has to be made in the infrastructure in the coming years, so that there will be sufficient charging points for all these vehicles.

The league table shows that many municipalities are already working hard on the arrival of electric transportation, but that a great deal still has to be done before the whole of the Netherlands is ready for a mobility system in which we live, work and drive using energy from the sun and wind, says Rutger de Croon, Programme Manager of the Living Lab Smart Charging:

‘With this league table we want to show everything that has happened in the Netherlands, and that sustainable electric transportation is indeed possible in practice. We are still only at the very beginning of all the changes, and we would like to help municipalities to make the transition to smart sustainable transportation.’

In the energy system of the future we will live, work and drive using energy from the sun and wind. We can accelerate the energy transition from fossil to sustainable fuels by coupling solar and wind energy with the emergence of electric vehicles. Electric vehicle batteries are a vital link in this. They offer a fantastic opportunity to store clean energy, then to draw on it later to cook, shower or heat homes and business premises. We charge our electric vehicles sustainably when plenty of cheap solar and wind energy is available. By charging and discharging our electric vehicles intelligently we are taking important steps in the energy transition from fossil to sustainable energy from the sun and wind.

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