Accelerating the influx of compact electric cars is needed

The share of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in the Dutch passenger car fleet rose to 3.7% in December 2022. The increase was the consequence of the influx of new and imported used BEVs. Sales of used vehicles also increased, although compared with the market for used combustion engine cars, the number of vehicles on this market is still very limited. 

Tweedehandsmarkt BEV

Research conducted by the KiM Netherlands Institute for Transport Policy Research shows that buyers of fossil fuel used cars prefer compact, mid-segment cars. These are still few and far between as electric occasion cars. According to KiM, the government can specifically facilitate the growth of the number of used electric cars in the fleet in the medium term, including through the current new car market.

More in-depth information can be found in the Dutch background report.