Remarkably more premium requests for electric cars
The premium applications for an electric vehicle in Flanders (Belgium) have increased significantly. During the first three months of this year, already 230 requests were registered, against 415 over the year 2018. The premiums for electric motorbikes and motorcycles are popular too. In the period between January and March 2019, the amount of premiums went up to 900.000 euro.
“This is a positive trend in electrification”, says Flemish Minister for Energy, Lydie Peeters (Open Vld). “The market share for electric cars in Flanders for the first time exceeded 2%, to 2,23%. That’s far from enough but the trend is obvious.”
Between January and March 2019, a total of 440 premiums were requested: 230 for battery-electric cars, 183 for e-motorbikes and 31 for e-motorcycles. A possible explication for the sudden increase is the advent of the Tesla model 3. Since February, 42 premium applications for a Tesla were submitted, 32 for a Renault ZOE and even 95 for a Nissan Leaf, clearly the most popular electric model.
Public charging points
Another important element to gain confidence in consumers is the number of public charging points. It almost doubled in one year: from 1.726 in February 2018 to 3.047 in February 2019. According to Minister Peeters, there will be 5.000 extra public charging points by the end of 2020.
On March 31st, Flanders counted 36.497 electric cars, more than 27.000 plug-in hybrids (0,77%) and about 10.000 battery-electric cars (0,26%).