8 shared electric cars for Hague neighbourhoods with scarce parking

Published: 29 January 2018Modified: 8 February 2018

No less than 8 electric vehicles are officially being put into use for car sharing services by residents of 4 neighbourhoods in The Hague. The municipality is stimulating the use of car sharing and has therefore provided a subsidy for the purchasing and start-up costs. The service provider is promising that for every shared vehicle at least 4 private cars will be eliminated from the city’s streets within 1 year.

The 8 shared electric vehicles will be located in the Regentesse/Valkenboskwartier, Bomenbuurt, Bloemenbuurt-Oost and the Koningsplein and area in partnership with the car sharing company Buurauto. Parking spaces are scarce in these neighbourhoods and because of this the organisation is hoping that there will be high demand for car sharing. And moreover: the more shared vehicles there are available, the lower the threshold becomes to start using them.  

Resdient initiatives

The Groene Regentes is one of the initiators behind the project. This group consists of neighbourhood residents of the Regentesse-Valkenboskwartier who are working towards a greener and more sustainable neighbourhood. The organisation is starting off with 10 participants and is hoping to grow the year to 30 participants. Car sharing is meant to alleviate some of the parking pressure and should free up more space for green areas. The electricity needed to charge the cars will be generated locally.

Good partnership

The Hague is the fourth city in the Netherlands where Buurauto is involved in the realisation of car sharing schemes.

Deputy Mayor Tom de Bruijn (Traffic, Transportation and Environment) hopes that more residents associations will follow this initiative in the coming time. There is already interest among residents in Bezuidenhout and the city centre. For 2018 the municipality has earmarked €100,000 for subsidies towards residents initiatives which adopt car sharing and an additional €100,000 for plans by car sharing service providers in neighbourhoods where parking is tight.

According to De Bruijn:

‘Often it is cheaper to make use of carsharing rather than to keep a car which you seldom drive. A parked car costs money. We often see that people are now selling their second car and instead using shared vehicles offered by a number of companies and private individuals. This is freeing up space on the street.’