The number of electric cars in the Netherlands is increasing much faster than the number of public charging points. Due to this imbalance, it is becoming increasingly difficult for people with an electric car to find easily accessible and available public charging stations. This is apparent from an analysis by comparison site independer based on data from the RDW and the RVO (Netherlands Enterprise Agency).
Between the beginning of 2019 and the beginning of 2021, the number of electric cars has increased from 44,984 to at least 182,481. The growth in the number of public charging points does not seem to be able to keep up with this increase. In 2017, there was an average of 1.1 electric cars per public charging point, but in 2021 this number has 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 cars on the road than a year earlier. In 2020, the increase compared to the previous year was even greater: then there was an increase of 134.6 percent. Since July 2020, private individuals can also apply for a subsidy when purchasing an electric car. Nevertheless, in a European context, the Netherlands is still one of the leaders when it comes to the total number of charging stations.
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