The Future is Electric

Camden Cook, Contributor

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In the past few months, the city of Amsterdam has announced its plan to switch to electric cars completely by 2030. Such a drastic change is going to be both costly and difficult to actually enact the plan, but they are determined. The reason the city considers this necessary is due to the declining overall health of the city, as well as overall air pollution.

The implementation of this plan will be taken in steps, big and small, over the course of the next ten years. Firstly the city need to figure out how they are going to charge an entire city of electric cars while avoiding as many technical difficulties as possible. Vattenfall is working with the city of Amsterdam on this project and is in the process of installing over 1000 charging points for those who already have switched to electric cars. At the moment there are around 17,000 electric cars, but that number is bound to explode as the city determines they will need at least 23,000 charging points by the year 2025. CNN reported, “If the whole city wanted to charge its vehicles at the same time, the system would break down, says Ommeren. So Vattenfall is building in flexibility to cope with changes in demand.” Vattenfall is a European company that specializes in supplying energy, with Ommeren as the head of the e-mobility. He went on to explain, “If there is high demand of electricity in a certain area, we slow down the charging of electric cars in that area.” The company is still trying to plan how to endure any possible power outages, especially ones of a large scale, as this could detrimentally affect the mobility of local residents. This will take a long time to process and consider all possibilities, but Vattenfall has a few years to still be flexible in its planning.

Now for the bigger problem. What happens to all non-electric cars owned by residents? Amsterdam is making a bold move that may upset owners of non-electric vehicles, as they will be banned over the course of time and spread to trucks, large vehicles of public transportation, and boats. Next year all diesel fueled vehicles predating 2005 will not be permitted into the A10 area. Within the next few years the A10 ring will become completely emission free and affect all vehicles ranging from taxis to scooters to boats. Dijksma, a large contributor to the whole project said, “The switch to emission-free travel will require everyone to contribute: companies, residents and visitors.” Without the help of any of the residents, the plan will not function, which makes creates a necessity to be able to replace all the non-electric cars with electric cars with little to no expense for the owners. CNN reported, “moving to emission-free travel does not mean that residents or businesses will have to fork out large amounts of cash all of a sudden, as in order to make the transition easier, subsidies and exemption schemes will be made available. This way, one can, for example, purchase a ‘clean’ vehicle.” The city has done surprisingly well in their planning to convert completely in such a short amount of time.

The city of Amsterdam is on track to completely switching to electric cars by 2030. Though the task is large and complicated, those enacting the plans will get the job done with diligence.

Sources:

https://www.iamexpat.nl/expat-info/dutch-expat-news/amsterdam-plans-ban-all-electric-cars-2030

https://www.iamexpat.nl/expat-info/dutch-expat-news/amsterdam-plans-ban-all-electric-cars-2030

https://www.cnn.com/2019/05/03/business/amsterdam-electric-cars/index.html

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