Survey: ‘29% of Belgian drivers say never to switch to an EV’
Not all Belgians are itching to scrap their fuel-burning car and go for an electric vehicle. If the survey the bank BNP Paribas Fortis ordered with iVox is representative, 29% even says they will never go electric. That group is most represented in the 55+ ages (34%) and lowest in those younger than 34 years old (23,7%). And French-speaking Belgians are more reluctant than Flemish.
On the other hand, 52% of the 1 000 Belgians questioned as a sample by iVox, are considering going for an electric car before 2030. Even in 2029, especially in Flanders, where the government announced its intentions to ban sales of new cars with internal combustion engines (ICE) in 2029.
Not always wholeheartedly
It’s not always wholeheartedly, as 33% say the intended bans in Flanders (2029) and Brussels (2035) are the main reasons for the switch. In Wallonia, where the government didn’t set a date yet, the percentage of those saying they will never give in is highest: 35,5%, compared to 24,2% in Flanders.
Nevertheless, for 33% of the Belgians, 2026 is the ultimate date to switch when fiscal incentives for ICE company cars end. Some 12% of the respondents in the survey have company cars. And today, four in five EVs sold in Belgium are company cars.
Concern for the climate
Concern for the changing climate is the primary motivation for only 16% of the respondents, but 34% put this in their top three reasons to switch. The youth protest marches for the climate and the recent COP26 in Glasgow aren’t much of an accelerator for most.
The reasons why many are still hesitating are no surprise: the high list prices of an EV. 70% waits for those prices to come down. But in Flanders, 37,1% are convinced the total cost of ownership (TCO) of an EV being or becoming lower than their siblings with a combustion engine is a motivating factor. On the French-speaking side, that belief is lower: 23,7%.
Other reasons to postpone the switch to EVs are quite common too: range anxiety (61,7%) and the lack of sufficient public chargers (61,4%). Faster charging (61,3%) and cheaper and simpler to install wall boxes (55,5%) are on the wishlist.
Obviously, there is still some EV missionary work to do in Belgium.