Amsterdam has launched a tender to select a contractor that will triple its number of electric-vehicle (EV) charging stations by 2018.
The city already has the biggest charging network in the Netherlands, with 1 300 charging stations spread out across the city.
The city therefore aims to have 4 000 charging stations operating in the city in three years time.
The tender states that ease of use and technical innovations such as smart charging are required for the new stations.
The first smart charging station that stores solar power in electric vehicles has been announced in the Dutch city of Utrecht.
Powered by photovoltaic panels, the new method represents a clever approach to the problem of storing solar energy, particularly as batteries in electric vehicles grow in capacity.
As well as charging vehicles, the station allows unused energy to be transferred to the power grid. The station is capable of charging all electric car types.
In spring 2015 the municipality of Tilburg began preparing its Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (SUMP). As part of this it used an interactive modelling instrument to develop scenarios and provide insights into the effects of potential measures.
The goal was to substantiate ideas and ambitions with facts, figures and an independent expert view. This approach allowed Tilburg to see the potential effects of measures at an early stage, and hold discussions with stakeholders based on facts rather than assumptions.
According to the traffic and transport plan act passed in 1998 (Planwet Verkeer en Vervoer) provinces in the Netherlands are required to translate national policies to their regional policies. Municipalities have to include the key elements of the provincial and national policy in their local transport policy. Provinces and municipalities often get subsidy from a higher-level authority. This financial incentive allows for much co-operation.
No doubt the car has come to a pivotal point with the prospect of 'driverless' and sharing cars rather than owning them. What they have in common is the more conscientious and efficient use of resources (materials, energy, time, infrastructure, the environment). In a recent interview Ford's Research & Advanced Engineering VP Ken Washington talked about what he sees as a defining factor.
A solar cycle path in Krommenie (Netherlands) has generated more energy than expected over the past six months, energy engineers have said.
In the first six months since the installation of the 70-metre-long path, it has produced 3 000kWh of electricity, equivalent to the annual use by a Dutch single-person household.
'If we translate this to an annual yield, we expect more than 70kWh per square metre per year,' said Sten de Wit, a spokesman for SolaRoad, the public-private partnership which developed the infrastructure.
Amsterdam has announced plans to become the first city in the Netherlands with fully electric bus transport by 2025.
The city's bus fleet, which currently runs on diesel fuel, will be gradually replaced with electric vehicles. A first batch of 40 electric buses will arrive on Amsterdam's streets in two years time, according to Dutch newspaper Volkskrant.
The ferry service connecting the city centre with the borough of Amsterdam-Noord will also be electrified.