Electric transport in Amsterdam continues to increase

Electric transport in Amsterdam continues to increase

Electric cars have covered a distance of more than 20 million clean, electric kilometres in a five-year period of building Amsterdam’s network of electric charging points. The network is increased by 25 charging points each month and in 2014 the number of kilometres driven with electric vehicles almost doubled in comparison to 2013.
These data were acquired in collaboration between the City of Amsterdam and the research programme Urban Technology by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). Worldwide, Amsterdam is at the forefront of charging point infrastructure. The city will use the collected data to improve the network even further.

The key to optimal growth of the public charging network
The collected data show where electric transport is growing and where an expansion of the network is needed. Further investments in the network will make the transition to electric transport even easier for Amsterdam residents and Amsterdam-based businesses. To further support the development of electric transport, Amsterdam will increase the number of charging points to 4,000 by 2018. The number is already at 1,100.


The city’s ambition is to reduce traffic pollution as much as possible by the year 2025. The network of charging points will be extended so that it accommodates the various needs of the drivers of taxis, minibuses and passenger cars, ensuring they can easily transition to electric transport. In addition to the increase in charging points, smart ‘cargo hubs’ will be added to the network. Located at the fringes of the city, these are places where cargo arriving in non-electric vehicles from outside the city can be collated in order to be transported the last kilometres into the city.

Since 2014 all taxis from Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to the city are electric. The City of Amsterdam and the GVB (the public transport authority) are working on making all public buses entirely pollution-free by 2026.

Abdeluheb Choho, Alderperson for Sustainability, said: “We are going to become a city with clean air, where you can enjoy living, cycling and playing outdoors without worrying about your health. We will also be a smarter city: there won’t be any unnecessary pollution. Businesses, residents and the city will use the solutions that have already been planned to reach that goal. And we will be happy to share everything we know and learn with the rest of the world.

Amsterdam Electric
Electric transport is entirely pollution-free and contributes significantly to an improvement in air quality. For the last five years the ‘Amsterdam Electric’ project has been working on a much utilised public network of charging points, has been managing subsidies and has developed a logo that is used all over the world. This has formed the basis of a collaboration of pioneers that has led to new business and new jobs.

AUAS Urban Technology
Research that’s in line with actual practice is a focal point at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS). The college’s research into electric mobility is at the forefront of the Urban Technology research programme.


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