Mayor of Utrecht: “We want to become world leaders in tackling climate issues”

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The Dutch city of Utrecht, which is an important centre of innovations, has launched another breakthrough project in the area of electric vehicles and energy transition.

Mayor of Utrecht Sharon Dijksma stated on social media: ‘’A very special innovation has just been launched in Utrecht! The first electric car that not only consumes energy but also stores it and ‘gives it back’ to power appliances or even houses and entire streets.’’

‘’This unique ‘vehicle-to-grid’ function is a major breakthrough to better manage peak loads in our electricity supply in particular. This will make the sustainability of our electricity use another step easier,’’ the mayor of the Dutch city further stated.

By the year 2050, the Netherlands wants to be carbon-neutral. In order to achieve this, the Dutch government is taking initiatives to increase sustainable energy production and identify more efficient energy use and conservation methods. Utrecht, as one of the Dutch innovation leaders, is expected to play a significant role in the transition. The bi-directional charging technology will be implemented In Utrecht’s sustainable new housing complex Cartesius.

‘’This worldwide premiere, to which companies like We Drive Solar, Hyundai Nederland and Ballast Nedam are contributing, starts today in Utrecht. As a green city, we want to become world leaders in tackling climate issues. There is still a long way to go; but this is definitely a serious and beautiful step,’’ mayor Dijksma said.

Electric vehicles, along with shared mobility, will undoubtedly play a significant role in smart cities in the upcoming years. Numerous European cities are starting to see an increase in number of EVs on their streets, and the trend is likely to continue in the future. (photo credit: Paul Brennan/Pixabay)