Amsterdam wants all city cars to go electric by 2040

26th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

The Amsterdam Electric scheme aims to see 200,000 electric cars in the city in 30 years’ time.

AMSTERDAM – Amsterdam launched a plan to transfer all cars in the city to go electric in a bid to cut exhaust emissions on Wednesday.

Launched by the city’s environment alderman Marijke Vos, the Amsterdam Electric scheme aims to see 200,000 electric cars in the Dutch capital city in 30 years’ time.

To help promote the battery-operated cars, the city council plans to build 200 charging stations by 2012, with the first to be ready by summer 2009.

Financial incentives offered to people who buy electric cars will include being able to park at reduce fees, have special allocated parking spaces and be given priority when applying for residents' parking permits.

Currently, people who want to apply for a parking permit for their car in the centre of Amsterdam are put on a five-year waiting list; without one, motorists pay up to EUR 5 an hour to park.

Vos also added that the tourist boats cruising along the city’s 17th-century canals will also be encouraged to switch to electricity in the coming years. The council will set an example by purchasing electric vehicles for its own fleet.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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