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Groen tanken. Inpassing van alternatieve brandstoffen in de tank- en distributie infrastructuur
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ECN Policy Studies 25-8-2010
ECN report number: Document type:
ECN-E--09-082 ECN publication
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For the department of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment (VROM) an overview was made of the current market shares and business cases of alternative fuels, and of main barriers for their large-scale market introduction. In the short term, compressed natural gas has the best business case, even though the investment costs for the infrastructure are relatively high. The current pump price of bio-ethanol is too high to be attractive for consumers; however, the government has announced an excise tax cut. Although the investment costs of a biofuel pump are relatively low, the business case for bio-ethanol, even with the tax cut, will still be not as favourable as the business case for natural gas. In the long term, charging points for electricity and/or filling stations for hydrogen have to become available. For hydrogen, the availability and affordability of the fuel cell vehicles is the initial barrier. A refuelling infrastructure is expected to be supported through truck distribution of liquid hydrogen, or with pipelines. Similarly, electric vehicles are still in the demonstration phase. Currently, it is unclear what the tax regime on electricity for mobility will be, but the profit margin of current consumer prices is too small to make an investment in charging points viable. In addition, there is still much uncertainty about the future charging infrastructure (fast charging or battery swapping) and recharging behaviour (at night).

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