DATS 24 helps motorists choose their fuel
Nowadays, it is challenging for consumers to decide which propulsion method or fuel is the best. Brandstofwijzer.be is DATS 24’s attempt to guide the consumer through the choice options.
“What should I buy?” It has become a quasi-rhetorical question by now because even a technically skilled automotive journalist with broad market knowledge cannot give conclusive recommendations these days. Apart from Covid and the microchip shortage, this is the third element that has paralyzed the car market for two years now.
Consumers have lost direction, policy moves in 2 directions
On the one hand, there is the spectacular fluctuation in energy prices, the peak of which we have perhaps not yet seen. On the other, there is an acute lack of perspective regarding the taxation of cars and the various energies these vehicles use.
In this sense, it is suitable for a government to direct consumers in one direction or the other by, for example, taxing more ecological solutions (read: electric vehicles) less and discouraging more polluting ones (e.g., combustion engines).
So much for the theory, because in the meantime, we have reached a situation where combustion engines are ( correctly) discouraged in favor of electromobility. Problem solved? Yes, provided that the same perspective is also offered in supplying the electrical energy required to make a mass EV breakthrough feasible.
After all, not everyone has access to a wall box at home with a workable connection capacity of 7.2 kW, and the capacity tariff discourages peak consumption of more than 3,15 kWh. In short, on the one hand, EV technology is promoted, but at the same time, its use is discouraged.
It is precisely this two-way policy that is the ideal breeding ground for a tool such as Brandstofwijzer.be DATS 24 is offering today. Based on seven targeted questions about the usage profile of the consumer in question, the application formulates a piece of advice about the fuel or energy form of the next vehicle for the user of the website.
The user must first indicate whether he wants to buy a large or a more compact car, then there are questions about the available budget, the place of residence, and the possibility of recharging an electric vehicle at home.
NMN randomly entered several fictitious profiles, and remarkably often, a 100% electric vehicle was advised. However, we always indicated a private profile (which does not have a fiscally favorable depreciation system) and stipulated no charging infrastructure available at home. The second choice often fell on CNG.
The results provided by the online tool are not surprising, as WeLoop developed the underlying chart flow, a French research company specialized in improving environmental performance. In that sense, it is logical that the practical aspects of the formulated advice are not always taken into account. It is also interesting to know that DATS 24 is part of the Colruyt group that values ecology.
In recent years, DATS 24 has been firmly committed to CNG and wants to offer hydrogen at more filling stations in the future, as well as electric charging infrastructure. Despite the pluralism in fuel supply, it is also a way for DATS 24 to put CNG back in the spotlight.
The group has invested heavily in CNG infrastructure in recent years, but consumer interest is below zero as CNG’s price has more than doubled in the past year. No other automotive fuel has risen at the same rate.