Electric cars: charging now more…

For several months – a year in fact – the energy price keep increasing and, of course, literally exploded with the war in ukraine since much of the gas that supplies Europe is of Russian origin. This is not the case in Belgium (6% of Russian gas), but this variable does not allow our country to escape the record inflation that affects prices and energy.

In this context, it cannot be said that consumers are helped by governmentbecause, in addition to the fixed reduction in excise duty at the pump, the reduction of VAT to 6% on energy and the extension of the social tariff, no ambitious decision was still taken to counter this sudden rise in prices. We might be surprised, because our neighbors like the FranceI’Germany or theSpain took strong measures to limit the price of energy and help their businesses.

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The electric car in sight

O today’s reality mortgages a good part of the imagined plans for the future of our country and particularly in terms of energy transition. Because electricity more expensive than fuel oil (with equivalent calories released) will not encourage families to switch to a heat pump for their home, for example, any more than choosing an electric car as their next car.

because so far the electric car which is certainly more expensive to buy than a thermal, still managed to defend your economic model it’s him profitability in the long term thanks to significantly lower operating costs than a thermal car, namely in the “fuel” part, with the kWh of electricity, even a few months ago, much cheaper than the liter of oil. In 2020 recalls The Last Hour, a study by Planning Office even made the calculation and indicated that it took 8 years to amortize the additional cost of an electric car in relation to a thermal one.

another equation

to charge

That said, in just a few months, the situation with regard to the electric car has deteriorated sharply, because the electricity prices keep rising while those who ran for a while tend to drop significantly today, as from 2 euros per liter we have dropped to 1.70-1.75 euros/liter. What harm the electric car?

Apparently so, according to research by La Derniere Heure that compared five vehicles, both in the gasoline and electric versions, which were recharged either at home or in a public terminal to determine the costs of use as accurately as possible. They were taken as an example Fiat 500 and its electric version 500E, a Peugeot 2008 and the E-2008, the Renault Megane and the Megane EV, the Smart Fortwo and the EV version and, finally, the Volkswagen Up as well as its electric version.

O the results are impressiveat least for the electric car because with a tariff per kWh of 0.55 euros (and some suppliers charge up to 0.7 euros), the full of battery today costs more than gasoline, even when it is refilled at home. For the Peugeot E-2008 for example, refueling with electricity (for approximately 345 km) thus costs 29.8 euros if charging is done at home and 31.2 euros if done at a public terminal (from TotalEnergies on the charge.brussels network) . The petrol version would require the payment of 29.2 euros of fuel to cover the same distance. And the results are similar, whichever model is considered!

that’s who seriously mortgage the future of the electric car in our country, even if companies will soon be forced to use it for tax reasons. But will they do so if usage costs continue to explode? Not so sure. Asked by The Last Hour, the Minister of Finance Vincent Van Peteghem (CD&V) indicated that there would still be no changes to the decisions made and that the electric car would remain the only franchise for professionals for the foreseeable future.

This reaction is obviously surprising and really raises questions about the government’s ability to understand reality. A recent Mobia Study showed that Belgians’ appetite for electric cars dropped sharply in 2021 (purchase intentions dropped by 50-40% in one year). The no limit on electricity prices it could very well accelerate the movement and also spread to companies. But no one seems to see it coming…

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