Dutch corporate drivers look to employers for charging their electric vehicle

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Three-quarters of Dutch corporate drivers with an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle report that there are not always enough charging stations available at the workplace.

The EVBox Sustainable Mobility Monitor 2019 concluded that corporate Dutch plug-in car drivers felt their employers should be responsible for charge points

The EVBox Sustainable Mobility Monitor 2019 concluded that corporate Dutch plug-in car drivers felt their employers should be responsible for charge points

Only 38% of corporate drivers have their own charging station at home, according to EVBox’s latest EVBox Sustainable Mobility Monitor, which asked over 1,000 Dutch corporate drivers about their driving habits and expectations.

Of the people who do not have a charging station, 45% report that they are not considering purchasing one, compared to 17% who did. Consequently, EVBox has concluded that the responsibility for charging the corporate vehicle rests with employers.

Kristof Vereenooghe, CEO EVBox, said, “Currently, the number of charging stations in relation to the number of electric cars is one in four. To be successful at making mobility more sustainable, it is important that everyone starts acting. This includes the policy makers, government authorities, the business community and the people (drivers) themselves. The latter group still requires incentives to switch to electric.”

One in ten corporate drivers currently drives a plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle and when purchasing a new company vehicle, 12% say they’ll opt for an electric vehicle. Meanwhile, 8% of corporate drivers say they’ll pick a plug-in hybrid.

The operating radius plays a crucial role in the choice of a business plug-in hybrid or electric vehicle, EVBox says. Corporate drivers consider driving electric as the most environmentally conscious option, but at the same time the operating radius is cited as a concern.

The longer distances that can be travelled without a perceived reduction in convenience are cited as the main reason for the popularity of a plug-in hybrid. However, there are no tax benefits for plug-in hybrids in the Netherlands and the realisation that driving electric is better for the environment are key reasons why people should not opt ​​for a plug-in hybrid EVBox added.

The report also found that respondents were keen on future technology, with 35% saying they expected holidaying to be more enjoyable with self-driving cars, and 15% even considered flying cars to be a future possibility. In addition, there was good news for industry stalwarts, with respondents believing the survival of established brands including Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Ford and Renault, will continue to exist in 30 years’ time.

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Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.