The number of electric cars in the Netherlands has increased by 38 percent in 2020. That appears from Friday published figures of the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). In total, more than 273,000 plug-in cars drove through the Netherlands at the beginning of 2021, which amounts to 3.1 percent of the nearly 8.8 million passenger cars registered at that time.
Of the plug-in cars newly registered last year, 63 percent were fully electric, which means that they only have an electric motor and are emission-free. The rest was a so-called plug-in hybrid, a car that has a fuel engine in addition to an electric motor. Eight out of ten passenger cars in the Netherlands were running on petrol at the start of 2021, 1.5 percent more than a year earlier. The number of diesels decreased by more than 9 percent in the same period.
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Although plug-in cars have become more popular among private individuals, most plug-in cars have a business owner, about 64 percent. The number of business owners rose 55 percent last year, while the number of private electric car owners doubled. Statistics Netherlands attributes the increased popularity of plug-in cars to the Electric Passenger Cars Subsidy Scheme (SEPP). This allows private individuals to receive a subsidy when purchasing a new or used electric car.
There are also schemes for business drivers that make electric driving attractive. For example, business drivers with a fully electric car pay an additional 8 percent, owners of a petrol or diesel car 22 percent. Business electric drivers are also exempt from motor vehicle tax.