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Electric driving is the future and this is how the Netherlands responds to it.

We in the Netherlands love to be progressive. At least, if we have to believe the numbers. As soon as there is anything of an environmentally-friendly undertone in a product, we want it. Similarly cars. The Dutch love thegrantsenvironmental benefits that an electric car currently has. Less emissions are good and therefore more emission-free cars have to appear on the road. This is how the Netherlands wants to tackle this, reports NOS .

The targets
The year in which the Dutch are completely dependent on “combustion cars” in the showrooms is 2030. By that time, 2 million fully electric cars will be around and can charge at 1.8 million charging stations. Achievable? According to the government and the mobility sector, which have been around the table in recent weeks to discuss this issue, it is very feasible. There is also plenty of time for car brands to put cool electric cars on the market. What happens to petrol enthusiasts in 2030 has not yet been determined.

The measures
The plan of action is much more interesting. The subsidy for electric cars as private property will be around 6,000 euros by 2021. Because fuel cars are being scaled back more and more, this subsidy for electric cars will also become less and less. In 2030 the amount will be around 2,200 euros. Until 2025 electric cars will remain free from BPM and MRB, but from 2025 the BPM will be a fixed amount of 350 euros per car. The motor vehicle tax does not yet include the electric cars, but that is what the government wants to do in 2025.

There will also be a subsidy for business drivers. In 2021 it will be 3,430 euros and that amount gradually decreases to 1,830 euros in 2024, together with a lower addition. The environmental investment allowance that companies can still apply for electric cars or charging stations by company name expires in 2020.

Also used electric cars just have to get back on the roads. That is why second-hand models remain free from the MRB up to and including 2025 and to prevent exports you also get a subsidy for this. Cars with defective batteries can generate money when the batteries are recycled and also the leasing of second-hand electric cars.

The fuel cars
The ‘bad guys in the car industry’ must disappear. In order to stimulate electric driving, the excise duties and taxes on cars on petrol and diesel will be even higher. The amounts will increase by 1 cent per liter more in 2020, with a further one cent in 2023. That sounds little, but can be quite heavy for many drivers. People with a petrol or diesel car will also pay more MRB.

Incidentally, it is unclear what will happen with the environmental taxes. Because electric cars are environmentally friendly, the government wants to tax as little as possible on electric cars. But because in time the electric car has to become increasingly popular, the government is missing a lot of money. That is why we are looking at an alternative way of collecting money for electric cars, without the environmental burden playing a role. Think of road pricing or another form of a mileage tax.

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