The share of electric cars in Dutch mobility is still growing and that is of course not going to stop. Naturally, research and surveys are regularly conducted into how the Dutch think about electric driving and how they see the future of mobility.
For example, the ANWB recently examined in their annual Electric Driving Monitor to what extent parking options influence the choice (already made or the consideration) to drive electric is influenced by matters such as charging points and parking. And the results speak volumes.
Having your own driveway or private parking space is an important factor
Perhaps not so surprising, but the differences turn out to be significant. People who own a private parking space or have their own driveway drive electric cars much more often than average OR consider switching to electric many times more often and faster than other drivers.
The important advantage of having your own charging option (and therefore no dependency) seems to make the choice for switching from fuel to electricity a lot easier. When the ownership of solar panels is added to this, the numbers shoot up even further. Some figures:
- Approximately 40% of the Dutch have their own parking facilities
- Of that 40%, approximately 6% now drive electrically.
- Only about 1% of the Dutch without their own parking space drives electrically.
- More than 29% of people with their own parking space are considering going electric within 5 years, 9% even within 1 to 2 years.
- People without their own parking space sit somewhat lower; 22% and 5%.
What are the advantages of private parking?
It sounds very logical – having your own place gives you the space to arrange your affairs yourself, without any dependence on other parties or fellow users. The most shared motivations are therefore as follows:
- You don’t have to wait for others to load. You do not have that certainty with a public charging station.
- You are not dependent on the availability and (upcoming) presence of charging points close to you
- You pay less for your own electricity than at a public charging station, which simply makes electric driving (even) cheaper.
Especially from that cost perspective, the combination of your own parking space or driveway with your own solar panels is a very logical one. Charging with solar energy is financially even more attractive (cheaper). This is reflected in the figures (47% of people with their own parking spaces also have solar panels, of which more than 11% already drive electrically).