The initiative is targeted at reducing pollution in Amsterdam, thus providing the residents a cleaner and healthier living environment. The Dutch are embracing the green trend and this has resulted in a sharp rise in the sales of electric cars with the Nissan Leaf leading the way.
Other models include the Mitsubishi I-Miev, the Citroen C-Zero and the Peugeot Ion. The Netherlands is building a charging station network for the whole country. It will probably become the second country after Estonia to have such a network in an operational state.
Here in Singapore, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) and the Land Transport Authority (LTA) co-lead a multi-agency EV Taskforce to test-bed EVs and assess the benefits and feasibility of adopting EVs in Singapore.
On 25 June 2011, the EV Test-bed was launched as an open platform for companies interested in shaping the future of electrification of the transport system.