‘One in three Belgians don’t want an electric company car’
A new survey, conducted by HR consultant and social secretariat Securex, with a representative sample of 1 512 Belgian employees, showed a large part of them is not itching to get an electric company car. One in three (31%) even don’t want it at all.
Range anxiety, fear of insufficient charging infrastructure, and uncertainty about the reliability of electric cars – especially the batteries – point to the fact that many of them are not informed well enough. A clear indication, says Securex, the government has to gear up to encourage employees to make the transition.
All company cars electric by 2026
The Belgian government decided after a long debate session into the night of Tuesday 18th of May; all company cars will have to be electric from 2026 on. Only zero-emission company cars can count on a 100% tax deduction until 2026.
Tax deductibility for cars with an internal combustion engine (ICE) will fade away as of 2023 and be completely extinguished in 2028. Emission-free cars will see their tax deductibility reduced from 100 to 67,5% between 2027 and 2031.
Secondly, companies, as well as families, get a fiscal incentive to install charging infrastructure. The lack of charging infrastructure is the Achilles’ Heel of the whole plan. Installing charging points will be deductible at 100% for companies, and individuals will get incentives (decreasing from 45 to 15% over the years) to install them.
Charging infrastructure and range
The availability of charging infrastructure at home, at work, and on the road is clearly the greatest fear with employees currently, as shown by the Securex study.
About 51% of the one in four employees (42%) willing to go electric want guarantees first there will be sufficient charging infrastructure. For 62%, the car should have a fairly big battery to guarantee sufficient range. Only 27% of the employees currently driving with a company car on diesel or gasoline see no reason not to choose an EV.
Not reliably enough?
For 31% going electric is not an option at all when not forced to. 48% of them say an EV will not meet the requirements of their professional use, meaning the distances being covered being too long or the type of car being inadequate. Four in ten (41%) say it won’t satisfy private use beyond working hours. 22% fears EVs aren’t reliably enough.
Today, according to Securex, nearly 16% of all employees have a company car, but of those, only 17% currently are driving a battery-electric car (BEV) and 18% a plugin hybrid (PHEV).