Holland has become a bellwether for electric vehicle adoption and infrastructure development. The numbers certainly are not staggering – about 7,500 on the roads throughout the Netherlands – but they did increase eightfold last year and charging posts are showing up in cities everywhere. Change is happening in this small country – about 100 miles east to west – where gasoline process hover around $8.50 a gallon and there's a long tradition of environmental activism.

Netherlands resident Patrick Langevoort was issued a company car – an electric vehicle – two years ago. The early days of EV driving didn't go so well, including driving far away from Amsterdam with only a 25-percent charge remaining and was then unable to find a charging point listed on a map. He also discovered the unpleasant truth about the effects of temperature and speed on range capacity – cold weather decreases driving range.

Now that EVs are getting more popular in Holland, drivers are getting more experienced and are changing driving habits as the network of charging stations expands around the country. "I used to be a real petrol head," Langevoort told The New York Times. "Now, I've sold my petrol car."

Like other European countries (like Denmark, for example), Holland is aggressively incentivizing EV adoption in various ways. The national government is developing an expanding grid of charging stations in cities and along highways. Tax breaks are being offered to EV owners. The city of Amsterdam offers EV owners free street parking and charging. Car shoppers are also attracted to promotional leases and cheaper operating costs, making EVs very competitive conventional cars in terms of lifecycle ownership costs. Add is all up, and Holland has become an important European EV market – as Tesla would probably agree.


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      Vlad
      • 5 Months Ago
      It's a match made in heaven, really: an EV and a small, wealthy, environmentally conscious country.
      Giza Plateau
      • 5 Months Ago
      Once the numb automakers make EVs at fair prices things will take off
      DaveMart
      • 5 Months Ago
      The Netherlands will be the first country outside of Japan to get the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, on sale now in Japan and in July in Holland. It is priced at under the Ampera, has around 25 miles or EV range, 4WD and a battery which Mitsubishi rates as capable of being charged twice a day for 10 years before noticeable loss of capacity. I am hoping that that means that they are using the Toshiba SCiB battery, which would also give fantastic cold weather performance, but I don't have details on that yet. The car can be used to power appliances, so makes an excellent tool for outdoor activities as well as emergency power. Due in the US in Jan 2014
        DaveMart
        • 5 Months Ago
        @DaveMart
        I meant to add the Outlander plug in forum: http://www.insideoutlander.com/home
      goodoldgorr
      • 5 Months Ago
      It good that we can have an ev that charge with the wind.
        Ele Truk
        • 5 Months Ago
        @goodoldgorr
        Or the sun, or the rain, or even volcanos (geothermal is kinda volcanos).
      Luc K
      • 5 Months Ago
      I'm not convinced Netherlands has good deal on EV's. Look at pricing for PHEV: Toyota Prius PHEV: $53K (Prius hybrid starts at $35K). Opel Ampera (Chevy Colt): $65K Nissan Leaf: $44K Car taxes are way too high to begin with in Netherlands so getting it tax free won't do enough to make it slightly affordable.
      Ele Truk
      • 5 Months Ago
      What really surprises me about the Netherlands is they don't seem to have accepted Electric scooters. I was there last summer, and yes I saw charging spots, and a few EVs, mostly Leaf and Smart ED. But all the scooters were those blasted 2 stroke smudge pots. Annoying as all get out because they can legally ride them in the bike lanes. Those dang scooters pollute worse than 4 regular cars, they should just outlaw them.
      • 5 Months Ago
      The number of (fast)chargers is increasing fast, see this Google Map overlay: http://oplaadpalen.nl/ The tax incentives are very much geared towards the drivers of leased company cars. A percentage of the MSRP value of an ICE company car that can be used also for private use is treated by the tax man as income. EV's and most plug-in hybrids are exempt. This explainst the increasing popularity of the Volt / Ampera, Toyota PIP, Volvo V60 Hybrid (sold out in advance) and even the Karma. Unfortunately, no Ford Fusion / Mondeo hybrid available yet. They have become a common sight on our roads. For pure EV's the leasing companies increasingly offer the combination of the EV and 3 weeks a year rental of a conventional car for the family holiday. They also increasingly offer 2 chargers with the EV or plug-in hybrid: one at work and one at home. One of the companies involved is http://www.thenewmotion.com/english-information/ Their chargers allow the user / driver to charge at home with a company charge card. These work and home chargers can be opened to other users on the same plan / network if you wish (even indicate whether you wish to share on an hourly schedule).