The number of electric cars in the Netherlands is growing much faster than the number of public charging points. Because of this flaw, it has become difficult for people who own an electric car to easily find available and available public charging stations. This is evidenced by an analysis of comparison site Independer based on data from RDW and RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency).
Between the beginning of 2019 and the beginning of 2021, the number of electric vehicles increased from 44,984 to at least 182,481 vehicles. The growth in the number of public charging points does not appear to be able to keep pace with this increase. In 2017, there were an average of 1.1 electric cars per public charging point, but in 2021, that number more than quadrupled to 4.6 cars per charging point.
The share of electric cars in the Netherlands has increased sharply in recent years. At the beginning of this year, there were 66.8 percent more electric vehicles on the road than the previous year. In 2020, the increase compared to the previous year was even greater: then there was an increase of 134.6 percent. Since July 2020, individuals can also apply for a subsidy when purchasing an electric vehicle. However, in the European context, the Netherlands remains one of the leading countries when it comes to the total number of charging stations.
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