On Tuesday 29th March the Dutch Parliament will vote on a motion requesting the Dutch government to make new car sales emission-free by 2025 and to extend this to a European context. This would be an important step to enable the current Dutch presidency of the EU to push for accelerated electric mobility in Europe.
The motion passing before the Dutch Parliament remarks that it is already possible to drive emission-free cars, their price is falling, and their driving range is expanding. Furthermore, these developments will be accelerated when emission-free driving becomes the standard. It also points out that other countries such as Norway and the USA are developing policies for zero-emission vehicles. The motion requests that the Netherlands should aim for zero-emission car sales by 2025 and calls on the Dutch government to promote this at the European level.
This is part of a larger European discussion on this topic that is gaining momentum. Other European governments have already endorsed or are considering endorsing the acceleration of sales of ultra-low emission vehicles.
For example, Norway has clearly demonstrated a unified effort to switch to plug-in electrified vehicles. The country exempts most plug-in hybrid and electric cars from sales tax and registration fees, which makes them price competitive with conventional cars. It gives EV drivers access to commuter lanes, free parking in most cities, and exempts them from most ferry and bridge tolls. Norway’s Parliament has issued a transport plan calling for the phase-out of combustion engine cars from new sales by 2025.
Germany’s environment minister recently suggested a 3% sales quota for EVs, and the German economics ministry affirmed that “in 2050, the emissions of newly purchased vehicles must amount to zero.”
Through the ZEV Alliance (see below), the UK has agreed to promote greener motoring and transport and increase the sales of zero emissions vehicles as fast as possible; to the point where every vehicle sold has zero emissions by 2050.
The push for electric mobility is extending beyond Europe. The International Zero-Emission Vehicle Alliance (ZEV Alliance) is a collaboration of countries and US states (Germany, The Netherlands, Norway, UK, British Columbia, California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Québec, Rhode Island and Vermont) working together to accelerate adoption of ZEVs.
The participants set ambitious, achievable targets for ZEV deployment, take actions to achieve those targets as appropriate in each jurisdiction, act together to achieve individual and collective targets, and encourage and support other jurisdictions in setting and achieving ambitious ZEV targets.
Picture source: Electric vehicle charging station alongside a motorway in the Netherlands (photo by Aschroet)
Article source: http://www.leonardo-energy.org/blog/dutch-parliament-vote-accelerating-adoption-zero-emission-vehicles