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    Belgium tops Europe in sales of electric cars

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    Sales of electric cars in Belgium increased by 147% in 2016 compared to the previous year. This is more than in any country in Europe according to a report by i-Cleantech Vlaanderen. Approximately 10,000 electric cars joined the car fleet in Belgium in 2016.

    The share of electric cars in Belgium still represents only 1.6% of the total car fleet. This places the country in the sixth place in Europe, behind Norway (24%), the Netherlands (5%), Iceland (4.2%), Sweden (3.2%) and Switzerland (1.8%).

    Over the same period sales of electric vehicles declined in the Netherlands (-47%) and Denmark (-70%).

    Belgium is also investing heavily in an adequate infrastructure, writes i-Cleantech Vlaanderen. With more than 20 charging stations per 1,000 km, Belgium ranks 4th in Europe. The Netherlands topped the ranking with 150 stations per 1,000 km, followed by Switzerland (44) and Luxembourg (25). Norway ranks only 10th despite its high share of electric cars.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times