Group purchase makes electric cars up to €6 700 cheaper
Samen Sterker, a group purchase organization, linked with the socialist party sp.a and the union ABVV, organizes once again a group purchase for electric cars. Subscribers can save up to €6 700 for an EV purchase. It makes some EVs cheaper than their ICE counterparts.
Samen Sterker already organized a similar purchase action in 2017, when 84 people signed for an EV, but the success was relatively limited because only one car type was offered, the Renault ZOE. Now they have a choice between five different models.
From €5 000 to €6 700
Participants can obtain a €5 000 rebate on a Kia e-Niro, €6 300 on a Hyundai Kona or an Ioniq, €6 500 on a Renault ZOE, and €6 690 on a Nissan Leaf. It makes some offers very attractive as the cars are at the same price level as their counterparts with an internal combustion engine (ICE).
For some, the purchase price is still a lot higher, a Renault ZOE, for example, is still more expensive than a Clio, but this can be compensated by the much lower running costs, and the tax exemption for EVs so that the total cost of ownership (TCO) becomes interesting.
Compared to other countries, the electric car is not yet trendy in Belgium for individual buyers. Initiatives like these can start a movement toward more EV purchases.
Marc Pecqueur from the Thomas More High School has his doubts. “Buying a car is still an emotional event; pricing is not always the most important. I think it is better to make the use of an electric car more attractive and easy, free parking or the possibility to use bus lanes, for example.”
Nevertheless, it is crucial that people start to see that an electric car slowly becomes as expensive or even cheaper than an ICE car, certainly when you take the total cost of ownership into consideration.
Most important now is that the choice of electric cars is growing fast. This is illustrated by this new group purchase where interested buyers can now choose between five vehicles in different segments, from B (ZOE) to C (Leaf and Ioniq) or even SUV (Kona and e-Niro).