Sale of full-electric cars in Netherlands increased 136% year-on-year in 2018 Q1

Sale of full-electric cars in Netherlands increased 136% year-on-year in 2018 Q1

In a report which indicates that the sale of battery-powered electric cars (full-electric cars) is on the rise in the Netherlands, motoring organisation RAI revealed on Monday that electric car sales in the country recorded a whopping 136% year-on-year increase in the 2018 first quarter.

According to the latest RAI report, a total of 3,945 units of new full-electric cars were sold in the Netherlands during the January-March quarter of 2018. In comparison, the sale of new full-electric cars in the same quarter in 2017 stood at 1,667 units.

As a result of the soaring sales of new full-electric cars in the Netherlands, the share of electric cars on the total new vehicle sales in the country in the 2018 first quarter has increased to 2.9%, as compared to 1.4% in 2017 first quarter.

With regard to the increasing sales of battery-powered electric cars in the Netherlands, Steven van Eijck -- the Chairman of RAI Association -- said that sales increase, to a great extent, has been triggered by the availability of more electric car models in the middle segment.

Going by RAI’s projections, a total of 15,000 units of new electric cars will likely be sold in the Netherlands in 2018, as against 7,958 total electric-car units sold in 2017. Moreover, with the Government having worked out a Green Deal programme with car sector organisations, electric or hybrid vehicles are expected to account for 50% of new car sales in the country in 2025.

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