Electric cars chargers in Netherlands by 2012

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At least 10,000 charging stations will be built in the Netherlands by 2012.

THE NETHERLANDS – Eleven companies in the Netherlands which manage the regional electricity grids have agreed to set up a national network of stations for charging electric cars.

By 2012, at least 10,000 charging stations should be operational in all of the Netherlands except Rotterdam which is the only region which has opted out of the scheme.

It is hoped the new initiative will help stimulate the market for electric cars.

Currently, electric cars are deemed as too pricey. Volkwagen Golfs which have been converted to run on batteries cost about EUR 100,000.

Large-scale use of electric vehicles is also not possible now.

The new initiative, which cost EUR 15 million, suggested by energy company Enexis hopes to raise demand by providing various charging stations so consumers would be likely to buy the cars.

The cars will have to be introduced in a controlled way, added Enexis.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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