Amsterdam is known for its affinity for two-wheeled transportation, but the cycling-crazed city is also making a serious commitment to EVs for those Dutch who prefer driving. As a part of a plan introduced two years ago to eliminate internal combustion from its streets by 2040, the Netherlands' capital is looking to add to its existing 100 EV charging stations. The City Council has charged Dutch power company Essent with the installation of an additional 125 public plug-in points this year, with the possibility of adding 625 more. These new chargers may make it easier to juice up your electric car, but given the current price of EVs, we aren't sure how many Amsterdam residents will trade in their Kalkhoffs for Fiat 500s and Smart ForTwos. PR's after the break.
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RWE equips Amsterdam with charging stations for electric vehicles

Amsterdam City Council awards major contract to set up city-wide charging facilities
Initial delivery of 125 charging stations

The Dutch energy utility Essent, a wholly owned subsidiary of RWE AG, was asked by Amsterdam City Council to deliver and install at least 125 charging stations. The delivery may be extended for up to 750 charging points. The first charging points are due to be installed quite soon, in the first half of this year.

Amsterdam City Council has ambitious environmental targets and is planning for 10,000 electric vehicles by 2015. The city already has about 100 publicly accessible charging points, which makes Amsterdam one of Europe's trendsetters in the introduction of electric mobility.

"This contract is very important for Essent and RWE. It's the first time in the Netherlands that electric mobility will cover an entire city and become part of the scenery," says Peter Terium, CEO of Essent. "The charging stations we are setting up in Amsterdam have been developed by RWE and have so far been installed in numerous European countries, including Germany, Poland, Hungary and Austria.

"After Berlin, we see Amsterdam as our second European metropolitan project where we are seeking to implement a mobility scheme for an entire city," says Ingo Alphéus, CEO of RWE Effizienz GmbH. "Electric mobility is being promoted particularly swiftly in the Netherlands. So we can learn from our shared experiences and then apply these to other cities."

RWE provides intelligent European-wide system solutions for electric vehicle charging facilities. RWE is already operating over 800 charging points in 14 European countries. Its customers in each country include, above all, local councils and authorities, energy utilities and fleet operators.