Edition 2020

Photo description: Photo of a fueling station with charging points for electric cars, taken from a low angle.

How much is our average mileage in electric cars?

An average electric car drove 13,462 kilometres in 2019. On 1 January 2020, there were 107 thousand registered fully electric vehicles (FEVs), which is 62 thousand (140 percent) more than a year earlier. The number of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) declined by 3 percent to 91 thousand. Over 82 percent of electric cars are company cars; company cars account for 12 percent of all cars.

How much is our average mileage in electric cars?0 km3,333 km4,166 km11,666 km12,500 km20,000 km201515,817 km201616,803 km201715,679 km201814,146 km201913,462 km

On average, electric cars were driven more than petrol-fuelled cars in 2019: 13,462 km versus 10,875 km. This difference is partly due to the fact that many electric cars are company cars. Cars fuelled by gas (CNG or LNG) drove the most kilometres on average: 24,481. Plug-in hybrids drove 22,450 kilometres. Petrol-fuelled cars accounted for 69 percent of all car kilometres driven. Plug-in hybrids accounted for 2 percent of total car kilometres, while this was 1.2 percent for electric cars.

On 1 January 2020, 1.2 percent of all passenger cars in the Netherlands were fully electric vehicles. Electric cars make up a higher proportion of newer vehicles. Of passenger cars aged 3 years or younger (built in 2016 or afterwards), 5.5 percent are fully electric vehicles. This share for cars built in 2019 is even higher, at 14.2 percent.

Ever more electric cars

On 1 January 2020, there were a total of nearly 198 thousand plug-in electric vehicles, i.e. 43 percent up on the previous year. Plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) are passenger cars with an electric motor and a battery that can be recharged by plugging it into an external power source. They comprise both fully electric vehicles (FEVs), solely driven by an electric motor (and emission-free), and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). The latter type contains a conventional fuel engine in addition to the electric motor. At the beginning of 2020, 2.3 percent of the total passenger car fleet in the Netherlands were plug-in cars. This was still 1.6 percent at the start of 2019.

Electric cars, 1 January (x 1,000)
Fully electric vehicles (FEVs) Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs)
2015 7.4 36.8
2016 10 76.3
2017 13.7 95.7
2018 21.8 97.3
2019 44.7 93.9
2020 106.6 91

Mostly company cars

Over 82 percent of FEVs are company cars; company cars account for 12 percent of all cars. Electric company cars are subject to lower additional tax rates than conventional company cars. In 2019, the additional tax rate amounted to 4 percent. This went up to 8 percent as of the beginning of January 2020. In December 2019, just before the new regulations took effect, the sale of new electric cars peaked at 22.9 thousand units. December sales were higher than in the five preceding months combined. Altogether nearly 63 thousand new FEVs were sold in 2019; a year earlier this number was 25 thousand.

New fully electric passenger cars (FEVs), 2019 (x 1,000)
New fully electric passenger cars
Jan 2.6
Feb 2.2
Mar 4.1
Apr 2.3
May 2.3
Jun 4.2
Jul 2.2
Aug 3
Sep 7.7
Oct 2.3
Nov 6.9
Dec 22.9

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