The Netherlands has the highest density of Electric Vehicle chargers in the world | EOY-2019 EV - EVSE statistics


Lack of charging infrastructure can’t be an excuse for the Dutch, to avoid electric vehicles. Latest figures released by the Ministry of Infrastructure (RVO) shows that every square kilometer in the country has an average of 1.18 semi-public charge points!

The Netherlands has always been known as the cradle of E-Mobility innovations and for its mainstream acceptance of electric mobility. Together with Norway, Iceland, Sweden and China, the Netherlands is one of the 5 countries in the world where electric passenger cars make up more than 1% of the total fleet. And when it comes to charging infrastructure, there is no other country with the same density of charging points as the Netherlands has!.

The full annual report - EoY 2019 of electric transportation in the Netherlands commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management can be downloaded from the link: Statistics Electric Vehicles & charging stations in the Netherlands (in English language)

Some of the key highlights from the report:

➤ Electric Vehicles: There are now over 96,000 plug-in hybrids (PHEV); about 85,000 full electric vehicles(BEV), 4500 electric commercial vehicles and close to 800 electric buses on the roads of the Netherlands.

What is also important to note is: the number of full electric passenger vehicles (BEV fleet) has almost doubled from the last year; and eventually the PHEV sales slowed down. Expectation is that, soon in 2020, the tipping point will be reached where there will be more BEV's on the road than PHEV's in the Netherlands.

➤ Charging stations: There are over 49,000 regular public & semi-public AC charging points, more than 1100 fast chargers, and probably over 120,000 private chargers mostly in homes ; (not to forget the 3 public accessible hydrogen refueling locations). This can be highest density of electric vehicle charging stations in the world.

What is also important to note that most of these EV chargers are also capable of smart charging; and many of the operators are already implementing various levels of vehicle-to-grid integrations too, using open protocols such as OCPP, OSCP and using ISO15118 V2G technologies.

➤ Top 5 municipalities with the large numbers of public and semi-public charging points: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Den Bosch.

➤ Top 5 Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV): Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model S, Nissan LEAF, Volkswagen Golf and BMW i3

➤ Top 5 Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEV): Mitsubishi Outlander, Volvo V60, Volkswagen Golf, Volkswagen Passat and Audi A3 Sportback e-tron.

Below infographics can give you an overview everything what you may want to know: 


These numbers are nothing less than amazing, especially for a small size country like the Netherlands; there is absolutely no bottleneck on charging infrastructure for local commute. 

However, for electric vehicles to become the mainstream transport, it is important that other countries in the Europe also expand their charging infrastructure and E-Mobility providers work together to enable roaming in large scale.


  1. You quoted the numbers incorrectly, the article states "There are now over 180,000 plug-in hybrids (PHEV)" But this number represents both PHEV and BEV. There are 96K PHEV and 85K BEV and this year the tipping point will be reached where there will be more BEV's on the road then PHEV's in the Netherlands.

    1. Hello Hachy,

      Thanks for pointing out the mistake, I just corrected the numbers.



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