We already know that generous tax benefits and access to bus and HOV lanes can help make electric cars the best-selling vehicles in a region. In Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands, the combined local and national incentives for EVs allow business owners to buy a Nissan e-NV200 electric van for €5,000, or about $6,500.
No, that’s not a typo, but rather the effect or a new €2,500 scrappage program taking effect in Rotterdam. City officials are looking to take up to 5,000 older, more polluting vehicles off of city roads, with this latest rebate adding to some of the most generous EV incentives in the world. Every EV taxi or van sold in the Netherlands benefits from an immediate €3,000 rebate, with local incentives taking up to another €7,000 off of the list price.
Factor in the new scrappage program, as well as a €1,450 home charging unit credit, and the Nissan e-NV200 Visa Flex (it’s official name) can be had for just about €4,950, or about $6,500. That’s about 25% of the MSRP for an electric van with minimal operating costs and about the same driving range as the car it’s based on, the Nissan LEAF. And let’s not forget the benefit of taking older, polluting cars off the road in favor of zero emissions EVs.
“By scrapping older vehicles and incentivising buyers to replace them with zero-emission electric vehicles, Rotterdam is taking a huge step in improving air quality. Vehicles like Nissan e-NV200 and Nissan LEAF are ideal for city-based fleets as well as for private motorists who want to make a difference to the quality of life in their home town,” said Jordi Vila, Managing Director Nissan Netherlands.
The effects of these incentives in places like Norway have been huge, with cars like the Tesla Model S and Nissan LEAF becoming overnight sales hits. The Netherlands is becoming a hotbed for electric cars in its own right though thanks to efforts like this.
Now somebody has to convince US politicians to get with the program and offer similar incentives.