The Randstad, the most populated western part of The Netherlands, has about 7 million inhabitants. In the area the four largest Dutch cities – Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht – form a tight well connected network of urban dwellings no more than sixty to seventy kilometres from each other.
The close-knit infrastructure in and between these cities, makes it possible to experiment with new mobility solutions. In Amsterdam electric trucks and the 'Made in Holland' Stint , a light electric cargo vehicle which is about to enter the German market, are used for inner city distribution. These concepts could also work in German cities, although distances in Germany between cities are much longer.
Bestebreurtje: 'In The Netherlands EMOSS , a manufacturer or OEM of electric trucks, converted relative small trucks from diesel to electric. These trucks are in use now for inner city distribution in Rotterdam and Amsterdam, where long distance diesel powered trucks unload at a distribution centre outside the city and electric trucks deliver the goods from there to their destination.'
Using electric vehicles for city traffic contributes to the reduction of air pollution in German cities, where environmental zones are already in place to reduce the number of diesel powered vehicles. And the Dutch approach has already been implemented. In Dortmund the German retailer Tedi is operating some EMOSS-trucks for inner city distribution.
Bestebreurtje: 'In The Netherlands we don't have just experience with electric trucks, but also with Light Electric Vehicles (LEV's). For example, the people mover Trikke , an electric 'last mile solution' which is easy to use and adapts seamlessly to the existing urban environment.
Introducing electric mobility concepts in urban areas is only the first step towards what is known as 'smart charging', manager Baerte De Brey of our member ElaadNL - a cooperation of Dutch grid operators - explained during his presentation on Holland Tag. With smart charging energy generated by solar panels and wind turbines can be stored in the batteries of electric cars and re-delivered to the grid when needed.
The technology of smart charging is the future solution for stabilizing power peaks in the grid, caused by solar panels and wind turbines. In Germany, where about one third of the energy supply is from renewable sources, managing power peaks has become a challenging problem for many grid operators.
Short term, Dutch expertise in smart charging could strengthen Germany's lead in renewable energy. Long term, teaming up could result into the development of innovative solutions for sustainable mobility and energy systems used not only in both countries but also in Europe and the rest of the world.
Aangemaakt op 11-04-2017 door pibswadmin