Engie jumps with Arval onto lease market for EVs
Together with the leasing company Arval, the energy company Engie will lease electric cars. Under the name Numobi, they want to manage a fleet of 30.000 electric cars in Belgium by 2030.
The energy company Engie and the leasing company Arval expect the demand for electric company cars to skyrocket in the coming years. Companies or private individuals will receive an all-in formula, a total package that includes not only the traditional leasing of the car, but also the installation, and maintenance of a charging station at home or at work.
In addition, Numobi also offers a charging card with access to 100.000 public charging points in Europe. Electric cars are not new to Arval. The French leasing company, a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, has 73.000 vehicles in Belgium, of which 2% are already electric.
“We want to relieve drivers and companies that switch to electric cars completely,” says Bart van der Pluym, Numobi’s CEO. “For example, we use our application to ensure that the invoice for home-loading is paid directly by the employer.
Companies will also have access to smart control systems. Not all cars arriving at work will start loading at the same time, but vehicles that need it will automatically be given priority,” he adds.
Key player is not involved
This smart grid principle is interesting but only offers a partial solution because most users of a company car do need a fully-loaded car at 8 o’clock in the morning. It is, therefore, a missed opportunity that the operator of the electricity grid is not involved in this cooperation.
The bottleneck to electric driving is not the limited offer of EVs or charging systems, but the outdated power grid. Within a neighborhood or a street, the number of users who can request a stronger power connection to charge faster is limited, and for people living in the city or an apartment, the charging possibilities are even more scarce.
1 million EVs by 2030
For company cars, electric propulsion is becoming more and more interesting, because the tax advantages (100% deductible and limited employee contribution) make the TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) less expensive than a gasoline or diesel car.
Now that large manufacturers are massively investing in new electric models, Engie expects the market for company cars to reach a turning point. “By 2030, we estimate that 1 million of the 5 million cars in Belgium will be electric,” says Michaël De Koster, mobility specialist at Engie.