Fewer Belgians eager to buy an electric car
According to the latest Rolland Berger ‘Automotive Disruption Radar’, 25% of Belgians are considering an EV as their next car. They were 35% two-and-a-half years ago. Prices, the lack of infrastructure, and range are cited as the major hindrances. The study also shows that Belgium is at the bottom of the ranking in terms of infrastructure evolution.
Last year, 3.700 fully electric cars were registered in Belgium. Numbers are increasing for 2019, especially with newcomers, such as the Tesla Model 3, but the total share remains low. In its latest ‘Automotive Disruption Radar’, the consultancy company, Rolland Berger, proves that interest for EV is dropping.
“Two-and-a-half years ago, 35% of the questioned Belgian motorists were considering an electric car as their next purchase. Today, they are 25%,” notes Anthony Santino from Roland Berger’s Brussels office. Moreover, Belgium is lagging since the average for the 17 countries studied stands at 40%.
The 1.074 questioned Belgian motorists put the high price of EVs as their major hindrance (60%). The lack of infrastructure blocks 35% of them while that same amount believes that EV range is still too low.
Not enough infrastructure
In addition to that low interest, Belgium stands at the bottom of the ranking in terms of charging infrastructure. The country counts an average of 1,4 charging points for every 100 km. That rate is up to 29,3 in the Netherlands and 8,3 in China.
At the international level, China, Singapore, the Netherlands, and South Korea are leading the pack in terms of EV market development. On the whole 17 countries studied, the number of electric cars has increased by 47%. In the top ten of best-selling EV, seven of them are Chinese.