Growth spurt in the number of plug-in cars continues in the corona year

This is evident from figures published this morning by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). The number of plug-in cars grew by 38% in 2020 to 273,000. This means that 3.1% of all registered cars are electric. The number of fully electric passenger cars in particular rose sharply, by 63%.

The number of petrol cars on Dutch roads grew by 1.5% last year. However, the number of gas-powered cars fell by 4.4% and diesel seems to be falling further and further out of favor. At the beginning of this year, more than 9% fewer diesels were driving around in the Netherlands than on January 1, 2020.


Nearly two thirds of plug-in cars are still driven for business purposes, but the number of private individuals opting for the battery car has grown rapidly in 2020 from 27% in 2019 to 36% last year. Private persons can now also claim a government contribution for the purchase of an electric car via the Subsidy Scheme for Electric Passenger Cars.

In total, 90,000 new electric cars were sold last year, 32% more than a year earlier. Sales of electric cars peaked in December, because the addition for business drivers increased from 8 to 12% from 1 January. Of all new cars sold, one in four now has an electric drive.

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