Belgian companies lagging behind in electric vehicles

93% of Belgian companies plan to maintain their car fleet within three years. But only 30% of them have already adapted their car policy to the electric car.

Almost 93% of Belgian companies intend to maintain, or even expand, their car fleet in the next three years, emerged on Tuesday from the annual barometer produced by Arval’s center of expertise. A study that thus confirms the place of the car in Belgian wage policy.

However, Belgian companies are scrambling to adapt the company’s car policy to open them up to electric cars, this despite upcoming legislative changes in favor of the electric vehicle. According to the Arval Mobility Observatory barometer, only 30% of Belgian companies have adapted their “car policy” to accommodate electric vehicles.

30%

Less than a third of Belgian companies have adapted their car policy to accommodate electric vehicles. 48% in France, 45% in the Netherlands and 43% in Germany have already done so.

The European average is 34%, but especially the rates in neighboring countries (with the exception of the Grand Duchy) are much higher. In France, 48% of companies have already adapted their policy accordingly. That’s 45% in the Netherlands and 43% in Germany.

40% of Belgian companies have already implemented simple hybrid vehicles and 43% the plug-in hybrid in their internal policy.

“Even more surprising, despite changes in car taxation, companies report that barely 20% of cars and 24% of light commercial vehicles in its fleet will be fully electric by 2025“, we can read in the press release.

Electric or thermal?

It is also apparent from the investigation that, in three years, half (49%) of the company’s cars will still be vehicles with a thermal engine (diesel or gasoline), according to fleet managers. Most of them – six out of ten fleet managers – are not yet ready to use 100% electric cars before 2025.

“Fleet managers are particularly concerned about charging possibilities at employees’ homes, but also elsewhere, as well as the sharp rise in the sales price of electric cars,” explains Yves Ceurstemont, from Belgium’s Arval Mobility Observatory. .

This way, 28% of them say there is no home charging solution of the worker, 24% believe that the price difference compared to heat engines is very large and 22% wonder if there are sufficient charging possibilities along public roads to meet the needs of its employees.

Growing alternative mobility

Also in terms of alternative mobility, Belgian companies do less well than companies from neighboring countries. While 78% of Belgian companies offer at least one alternative to the car, 92% do so in Germany and the Netherlands and 83% in France.

It should be noted that Belgium, however, has made good progress in alternative mobility, going from 64% to 78% of companies offering car-sharing, bike-sharing or ride-sharing, public transport, mobility budgets, etc. or a combination of several of these options.

Among the other results observed on the barometer, more than eight out of ten fleet managers (85%) consider that the telework policy implemented in their company has no influence on their mobility policy.

49%

In three years, half (49%) of the company’s cars will still be vehicles with a thermal engine (diesel or gasoline), according to fleet managers.

As part of this annual barometer of Fleets and Mobility produced by the Arval Mobility Observatory through the 26 countries, 301 Belgian coaches of car fleets, from different sectors and of all sizes of companies, were asked about the composition of their car fleet and the evolution in terms of mobility.

Deduction called into question from July 2023

For companies, it is a matter of going fast, because for thermal vehicles, a first deadline has already occurred in July 2023. For previously entered into contracts, the current deduction rules remain in effect.

However, for plug-in hybrid cars contracted from January 2023, gasoline and diesel costs will be deductible up to a maximum of 50%to promote the use of electric conduction.

For contracts entered into between July 2023 and December 31, 2025, the deductibility will be limited to 75% starting in 2025 (tax year 2026), then 50% in 2026, 25% in 2027 and 0% in 2028.

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