Webfleet: ‘57% of Belgian company cars and LCVs can be all-electric’
Already more than half (57%) of the Belgian company cars and commercial vans could be all-electric, according to research by Webfleet Solutions, one of Europe’s leading telematics solution providers.
The company analyzed some 100 000 connected vehicles all over Europe, operated by 5 000 of its fleet customers.
If a vehicle drove less than 300 kilometers per day over the period of one year, it was concluded that an all-electric counterpart could replace it. A range of 300 kilometers, which is becoming more and more the average autonomy for EVs, is a pivotal point.
The Belgian case is far from the strongest, though. The European average lies higher, at 61%. In all countries examined, the UK tops the ranks (70%), closely followed by the Netherlands (69%), France (67%), and Germany (61%). It is noteworthy that these countries invested significantly in charging infrastructure, which is crucial for EV uptake potential.
Vice President of Webfleet Solutions Europe, Taco van der Leij, explains: “The data are clear on this. The trips being taken by the vast majority of business cars and LCVs in the sectors we analyzed could also be made by electric vehicles. This will hopefully offer even more encouragement to the many businesses across Europe with ambitions to add EVs to their fleets.”
The research of Webfleet unveiled more findings. In Europe, 4% of its customers could replace all of their vehicles with a fully electric model, whereas 57% could do so with at least half of their vehicles.
In the hypothetical situation that the switch is made today, the collective CO2 emissions of these companies could be reduced by 31%. Their gasoline usage would shrink by more than 42%, and their diesel usage by just over 30%.
Measuring doubt away
Van der Leij further notes that “trip distance is only one part of the puzzle. For example, costs, local charging infrastructure, and the charging time of EVs are also important factors for fleets trying to determine if EVs are a practical fit for them.”
However, for commercial fleet businesses, the range is essential when considering the switch to EVs. Doubt remains if they are capable of efficiently and safely completing the sort of trips these companies need. ‘Telematics data can help answer this question and actively support fleet managers in the electrification process,” concludes van der Leij.