Flanders organizes bulk purchase of electric carsMonday, 21 January 2019 14:42
The Flemish government aims at raising the electric car share in the north of the country to 7.5% by 2020, from 1.94% late December, and 0.6% in 2017. The sale of this type of vehicle has certainly increased in recent months, but remains very limited in comparison with conventional cars.
Four models were selected for this bulk purchase, which includes the charging mechanism: Nissan Leaf, Hyundai KONA, Peugeot iON and Renault ZOE. Those interested will be allowed to perform a test drive with one vehicle or more. More information can be found at: www.samenelektrisch.be.
The Belgian Automobile and Cycle Federation (FEBIAC), which represents car manufacturers, is not very enthusiastic about this initiative. According to them, rather than dealing with the commercial aspects, the authorities should be concerned with a secure electrical supply. How else can you get people to run on electric, FEBIAC asks?
And higher-up in the sector they are requesting a long-term vision on the transition towards green energy. "This bulk purchase attracts attention and will convince a number of people, but the momentum will last only for a moment."
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