According to Flanders’ Statistics (Statistiek Vlaanderen), by the end of 2021, 54% of passenger cars registered in Flanders complied with the highest Euro 6 standard. More than a quarter (26%) complied with the Euro 5 norm and 17% with Euro 4. The lowest Euro standards together account for 3% of all passenger cars.
This year, Flanders has more than 3,6 million registered passengers, 600 000 more than in 2006. The number of cars has been increasing year after year, but in recent years, the rise has been declining.
Hybrid and electric
The popularity of diesel cars is waning. This year, Flanders registered 1,43 million diesel-powered vehicles, a decline of 8% compared to 2021. On the other hand, the number of passenger cars with internal combustion engines is rising. This year, the registered number was 1,84 million, or 2% more than in 2021.
However, Flanders registers far fewer hybrid and electric vehicles and cars running on LPG than gasoline cars, although their popularity is growing. Between 2021 and 2022, hybrid and electric cars increased by 44% and 77%, respectively. In 2022, Flanders registered 254 000 hybrid cars, 54 000 electric vehicles, and 10 000 cars running on LPG.
538 per 1 000
The Flemish Region counts an average of 538 passenger cars per 1 000 inhabitants. However, the cities of Antwerp and Ghent have relatively low car ownership. In the province of Limburg, on the contrary, many municipalities are above the Flemish average.