Photo: Ossip van Duivenbode / Rotterdam Image Bank.


As one of the most densely populated countries in the world, the Netherlands has to be smart with its infrastructure. The government is looking at new technologies to solve challenges in the area of transport, the environment, and safety in both public and private sectors.

Innovative and sustainable Dutch designs

A leading objective in the race for smart e-mobility is the reduction of greenhouse gasses. The Dutch government has vowed to reduce the country’s C02 emissions by 95 percent in the next 30 years. By focusing on mobility projects – such as improving traffic flow through technology and creating more environmentally-friendly engines – e-mobility is applied on different levels of transport, prioritizing sustainable urban planning.

The Dutch government is also working with the private sector to develop self-driving vehicles and improve in-car traffic information for drivers. This year sees self-driving bus pilots in big cities such as Amsterdam being implemented, while plans for 5G technological applications – such as smart traffic lights that record and pass on the level of traffic – are on the table. The Netherlands is a unique testing ground for smart mobility solutions.

The West Coast and the Netherlands: A mobility match

The Dutch are investing heavily in electric vehicles to move away from fossil fuels. The S4C Smart e-Mobility Program between the Netherlands and California brings together experts and businesses. With pro-business climates, an abundance of tech talent and an eye for sustainability, California and the Netherlands are a mobility match.

Where California leads the way in zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) – with Governor Brown leading the way – the Dutch are experts at biking infrastructure, implementing e-bikes, timeshare-bikes, and bike lanes into daily routines.

That’s why the government is supporting smart e-mobility solutions in many ways, from providing testing facilities to adjusting rules and regulations. The aim is to make smart mobility possible on a larger scale. In the Netherlands, businesses, knowledge institutions, and government are working on this together.

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