Electric cars catch on in Dutch company lease fleets

Part of the HaskoningDHV fleet. Photo: Royal HaskoningDHV

Large companies in the Netherlands are moving over to electric cars, according to a report in the Financieele Daglad on Thursday.

Engineering group Royal HaskoningDHV said on Thursday that its fleet of 500 leased cars would be 100% electric by 2021. Energy companies Nuon and Eneco are also moving towards an all-electric fleet while phone, TV and internet company KPN will have only cars which operate on biogas, hydrogen or electricity from 2025.

Sales of fully-electric cars severely lag behind those of conventional vehicles. in the first six months of this year, 240,000 cars running on petrol, diesel or LPG were sold in the Netherlands, compared to only 3,634 all-electric cars.

Nevertheless electric car sales were up 90% on the 2016 period.