About 128,000 electric vehicles are currently registered in this country of canals and windmills, compared to just over 56,000 in Germany. Plans call for the Netherlands to increase the number of its electric vehicles to 200,000 by 2020 – and that’s an entirely realistic target. The only European country that exceeds these numbers is Norway. But by contrast to Norway, where the success of electric mobility developed out of a grassroots movement, the Netherlands has followed a different path – one that is rather more official. As early as 2008, when electric mobility was not yet an issue in the rest of Europe, an expert commission developed a plan of action for electric mobility. One year later it became a government policy, underpinned by concrete targets for sales of electric vehicles and the parallel creation of a charging infrastructure.