Distance traveled by electric cars more than doubled in 2019

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The Dutch traveled more than twice as many kilometers in electric cars in 2019 than in the previous year. They drove 1.46 billion kilometers, the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) reports Tuesday. That is an increase of 121 percent compared to 2018, when the electric cars together had 660 million kilometers on the clock.

Fully electric cars have been on the rise in recent years. In 2015 they only covered 160 million kilometers, almost ten times less than now. The number of electric cars in the Netherlands has increased from just over 7,000 to over 100,000 in the past five years. The fully electric Tesla Model 3 was the most popular car in the Netherlands last year, even if non-electric cars are included. In that year almost thirty thousand new copies were sold.

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The kilometer figures from Statistics Netherlands also show that the so-called plug-in hybrids have passed their peak. These cars, with both electric and traditional propulsion, covered 2.39 billion kilometers in 2019. That is almost 200 million kilometers less than in 2018. Plug-in hybrids have been sold much less in recent years because they have become less interesting from a tax point of view.

Petrol cars still accounted for the most kilometers by far last year. The Dutch drove 84 billion kilometers in vehicles with a petrol engine, an increase of 3 billion kilometers compared to the previous year. Diesel cars were in second place with 32 billion kilometers.





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