Wallonia lags behind on EVs
Belgium’s electric car fleet is continuing to grow slowly, with 3 775 units registered since the beginning of the year (2,3%). However, unlike Flanders, which plans on installing 30 000 charging points by 2024, Wallonia lags behind and strongly believes that home and work charging solutions will suffice.
“If we refer to the surveys carried out by the federal authorities on the matter, most journeys could be covered by recharging at home or at the workplace,” explains Walloon Mobility Minister, Philippe Henry (PS). Cdh MP André Antoine notes that Flanders plans on installing 30 000 charging stations by 2024, or 6 000 per year. Wallonia has no such plan.
No incentive or charging network development
It’s always the same story when authorities are talking about electric cars. That same story of the chicken and the egg. Some say that to drive an EV, one must have the ideal driver’s profile. Yet, some motorists fit that profile but live in a city with no parking spots or garage with a power socket.
“EVs have to be compared to smartphones that are charged when we’re at home or at work. I’m almost convinced that people who want to drive an electric car don’t expect a charging point to be installed in front of their homes,” underlines Hughes Dhaeyer, administrator of Avere, an association militating for electro-mobility development.
“In Norway, the birthplace of the EV market, 80% of charges are done at home or at work,” adds Mr. Dhaeyer. A quick look across the Belgian borders can show that neighboring countries are acting on EVs. The Netherlands, France, Germany, the UK, Spain, and even Poland, all have introduced incentives, bonuses, and are developing their public charging network.
In Luxemburg, the five electricity providers are working together on developing an 800-point-strong public charging network. The paid service ensures that energy providers get paid.
2,3% market share
At the end of May, 3 775 electric cars had been sold in Belgium since the beginning of the year. All in all, EVs represent 2,3% of the market, to which must be added plug-in hybrids (4%) and conventional hybrids (4,5%). These alternative powertrains are growing, but diesel (32%) and gasoline (56,5%) still lead firmly.
Data also show that more than three-quarters of all-electric cars are company cars (78,6%), and it’s even more so for PHEVs, with 88,6%. In terms of brands, Tesla is leading the charts with three models in the EV Top 5. Model 3 leads the way, accounting for 25% of all Belgian electric car sales.