A new independent Dutch purchasing consortium launched a tender for almost 3,000 electric vehicles. The consortium, established under the supervision of the Urgenda Foundation, is seeking to create a continuous and substantial demand for EVs as a spur to OEMs.
Consortium partners, in addition to Urgenda, include TNT, Eneco, Tendris, ABN AMRO, Delta, Essent, Facilicom, the Municipality of Rotterdam, the Municipality of Leeuwarden, ING, JCDecaux, the Dutch Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, the Dutch Ministry of Transport, Public Works and Water Management, NUON, Philips, Port of Rotterdam, the Province of Friesland and Triodos Bank.
The consortium will invite leading manufacturers of electric vehicles to submit bids in November and it expects delivery in 2010. Three types of vehicles will be purchased based on agreed specifications; a small and a large commercial van and a passenger car.
Dutch utility Essent anticipates having one million electric vehicles on the roads in the Netherlands by 2020.
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