The number of public charging points increased by more than 30 percent in the Netherlands last year. The Netherlands had more than 85,000 charging points at the end of last year.
Amsterdam has the most charging points: motorists can charge their electric car in the capital at 7748 spots. This is followed by Rotterdam (5009), The Hague (4553) and Utrecht (3263), according to an analysis by ANP and LocalFocus.
These are public and semi-public charging spots. The latter are behind a gate in parking garages, for example. Relative to the number of kilometers of road, the Netherlands has had the most charging stations in Europe for years.
Noord-Beveland in the lead
Relative to the number of inhabitants, the Zeeland municipality of Noord-Beveland is in the lead. It had 111 charging stations at the end of the year. Only about 7,500 people live on the island, but it is visited by many tourists. The same goes for number two Veere. The biggest climber was Aa and Hunze in Drenthe. There, the number of charging points quadrupled in a year. There were 13 in 2020, 57 a year later.
By the way, one charging station can have multiple charging points. Figures from the Regional Climate Monitor were used for the analysis. In it, the central government collects data on climate and energy policy.
Subsidy pot already empty for this year
To increase the number of electric cars, the government has a subsidy scheme. The pot of 71 million euros for new electric cars this year has been empty since last week. Per car, the government contribution was 3350 euros. In total, there was enough for over 21,000 new cars. Anyone who buys a new electric car in the rest of this year will have to pay for it all by themselves. In January 2023 there will be a new round of subsidies.
For used electric cars there is still 3.5 million euros of the annual budget of 20.5 million euros available.