It has been clear for some time that the government’s greening plans have a strong focus on electric driving. The fact that petrol and diesel cars are quickly disappearing from the street scene for many is nothing new, but the measures that lead to this are becoming increasingly clear.
For example, it is plausible that no new, non-electric car for passenger transport will be released from 2030. A new plan from The Hague focuses on the accelerated electrification of the lease car.
Leasing in 2025 means an electric car
State Secretary Vivianne Heijnen sees it as a good rule to work faster towards the green fleet; Anyone who gets a new lease car from 2025 can only opt for electric. This plan is therefore seen as one of the important steps to make the business fleet greener more quickly, thereby further limiting nitrogen emissions and achieving the CO2 standard.
The Netherlands leads the way in business electric
If the above plan actually goes ahead, the Netherlands for business driving will be a serious frontrunner in Europe. For the overall picture; the currently valid European plans focus more on 2035, 10 years later, when the combustion engine will seriously disappear from the picture.
If the Netherlands succeeds in completely switching away from cars with combustion engines by 2025, at least for new lease cars, this will be considerably faster than the plans being made at European level.
What will happen to the petrol and diesel driver?
The proposed plans naturally focus on new cars. Petrol or diesel cars that we already find on the road at that time are still welcome on the Dutch road network. Although the tightening of environmental zones around urban areas in recent years has already seen increasing restrictions for (older) diesel cars in particular.
Is this practically possible?
Looking at practicalities, the significant further growth in electric still has some challenges. Although we have a seriously good charging network in the Netherlands, there are certainly still a lot of charging points and poles that need to be added. Because charging options are often offered to lease drivers to charge both at home (home charger) and at the office or multi-company building/area, this is not such an issue for most lease drivers.
But even in the private market, a (second-hand) electric car is increasingly opted for – also by people who cannot simply organize their own charging point because of their home (no private driveway or parking space, or no apartment). This therefore includes steps in particular for municipalities to expand the charging infrastructure.
There is, however, a nice development in the cars themselves. In addition to the fact that today’s electric cars are getting better (in charging options and range), brands are also coming up with more and more models in various price categories.
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