The Rise of the EREV

Regular readers have seen my posts with the data from Agentschap NL on the electric vehicle statistics for the Netherlands. I've recently toyed with a new App by the name of Perspective on the iPad with that data and crafted a little animation from that very same data. This short video clearly shows how quickly the EREVs have taken over the electric vehicle market here in the Netherlands. The initial 1000 pure EVs that were present in the Netherlands took well over a year, maybe two to achieve. The EREV and mainly the Opel Ampera has overtaken the number of EVs in less than a year already.  


For this post I used the Perspective App from Plixxa - a new tool on my iPad.

The Opel Ampera gets the same tax benefits as the other electric vehicles (0% tax and some other great benefits for companies and entrepreneurs). This also shows the huge impact of such measures on the adoption of a new technology and the role of an EREV as a bridge between the current ICE technology and the EVs. Change is ok, but preferably not too big steps at a time?

What are your thoughts on this? Is anybody else familiar with the Perspective App already? Would love to share tips on that as well.

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.