Driving an Electric Vehicle for the Money

Here in the Netherlands electric vehicles are well supported by government subsidies; especially for companies there are a lot of tax breaks available, as indicated by a post from Maarten Steinbuch and Auke Hoeksta on their blog. Also the zero percent additional tax liability for lease cars has helped boost sales of electric vehicles a lot over the past few months. That these financial incentives have played a bigger role to drive an electric vehicle than environmental concerns is now also backed by data from a lease company which found that some drivers of the Opel Ampera of Plug-In Prius get a much higher fuel consumption than anticipated; in some cases 80% more than expected!


Of course there are exceptions to the rule, on both ends of the scale. What becomes obvious that the people who achieve such poor performance with their Ampera have never really charged up their cars, where the exceptionally good figures (1 liter per 250km) were achieved by charging at every available opportunity. It illustrates the impact of your charging habits, or availability of chargers to some drivers.

Dutch fleet owners buying PHEVs for rebates, then using only gas


One Ampera owner in the study was at the other end of the scale, getting 7.9 liters per 100 kilometers driven using gasoline only (so, 30 mpg). Another Ampera driver had a very good experience with the plug-in, and has been able to score 0.4 (one liter per 250 kilometers driven) by charging up the battery at work and home.

Currently discussions for employee lease cars focus on providing compensation for the electricity charged, while not compensating fuel costs. This will give drivers an incentive to charge up when they get the chance and avoid having to pay for fuel. Personally I think this makes the most sense and will result in better usage statistics in the future, if this gets implemented across the board.

Electric Vehicle - EVs at the Amsterdam AutoRAI 2011

After returning from my holiday I visisted the Amsterdam AutoRAI 2011 here in the Netherlands, where all the latest and greatest of the car industry is to be found and also where they show their latest electric vehicle developments. Glad that I took the time to go through the many stands and halls, I took the opportunity to take a lot of pictures of the electric vehicles I found on display and shared them on the MyHEV Facebook Page. As a little teaser I'll show some of the nicest here below with some comments for those of you who missed out on this event.

MyHEV Facebook Page AutoRAI 2011 Album and while you're there, be sure to check out the other information there and become a fan of the page.

As a teaser, check out the pictures below:

The stand of Tesla

Tesla had a nice presence at the AutoRAI, unfortunately nothing on the future plans of Tesla, like the Model S. It is porbably still driving test runs for Tesla on the tracks.

The Citroen Survolt

Quite a beastly concept from Citroen, the Survolt. It has some nasty specs as well, check out the special website as well for this one.

The Renault Zoe

The adorable Zoe from Renault, in all white it was referenced a lot to as an Apple Car or something related to the dentist. I'd go for Apple ;-)

The Opel Ampera

The European counterpart of the Chevy Volt, the Opel Ampera. Heavily camped by many visitor who wanted to get a good look and feel of the car, it draws a lot of attention and appeals to a lot of (potential) customers.

MyHEV Facebook Page AutoRAI 2011 Album and while you're there, be sure to check out the other information there and become a fan of the page.