"Electric transport does not release harmful substances, it is good for air quality and the climate," Marijke Vos, responsible for environment in the city council was quoted as saying by Autonews. Of course, we all knew that but it is a good feeling to know somebody with decision making capabilities has taken note of this fact.
The charging points to be built in Amsterdam will support bicycles, cars, vans and mopeds. The are to be built in anticipation of the 10,000 electric vehicles expected to be on the city's streets by 2015.
To put facts behind words, the city council plans on stimulating the purchase of all electric vehicles by offering the drivers of such vehicles some minor perks, such as making the parking fee cheaper.
Camiel Eurlings, Dutch Minister of Transportation announced earlier this year that a fund of 10 million Euros will be made available for the support the large scale, early introduction of electric mobility on a nationwide scale.
“Ambitious visions and concrete measures are required to make the Netherlands the most important experimental garden for electric mobility,” Marjan Minnesma, Urgenda (non government foundation) director said.
The first step towards providing electric vehicles for the Dutch consumers was taken by Norwegian car manufacturer Think. The company delivered the first Think city EVs to ElmoNet (the electric vehicle unit of auto leasing company Mobility Service Netherlands) in February, and will continue to deliver vehicles throughout 2009.