Electric vehicle manufacturer Think has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to deliver up to 500 city electric-powered vehicles this year to ElmoNet, a subsidiary of Mobility Service Netherlands.
With the Dutch parliament calling for the rapid introduction of EVs (electric vehicles), the minister of transport Camiel Eurlings earlier this year announced that EUR10m would support the large scale, early introduction of electric mobility.
“Ambitious visions and concrete measures are required to make the Netherlands the most important experimental garden for electric mobility” said Marjan Minnesma, director of Urgenda, a foundation that aims to transform the Netherlands into a model for sustainable development.
Richard Waitz, Think’s sales director, was optimistic about the rapidly growing opportunities in the Dutch market, and welcomed this initiative by the parliament.
“The shift to zero emission clean technology vehicles is a paradigm shift, where government support is creating an important basis for the first larger scale fleet applications” said Waitz. “Think is moving quickly to take advantage of these programmes in the Netherlands and all across Europe”.
Amsterdam and Rotterdam officials have already expressed interest in introducing the electric cars. Think delivered the first EVs to ElmoNet in February and will continue to deliver vehicles according to the MOU throughout 2009.