The ability to charge electric cars at the workplace will play an increasingly important role in the electrification of European transport in the coming years. European citizens expect their employers to contribute to tackling the climate crisis by providing electric company cars as well as the necessary charging infrastructure.
38 per cent of Germans believe that electric cars play a crucial role in the fight against the climate crisis. With almost half of the citizens considering switching to an e-car in the near future, the pressure on companies and employers to provide electric company cars and sufficient charging infrastructure is increasing.
Currently, European e-car drivers charge most at home (73 per cent) and at work (40 per cent). Nevertheless, 29 per cent of e-drivers complain that there are not enough charging options at work, 20 per cent have no access to charging stations at work at all. 20 per cent of e-drivers would also like to see more fast-charging stations at their workplace in the future.
These are some of the findings from the EVBox Mobility Monitor-the annual market research report conducted by EVBox together with Ipsos that looks at electric car use and barriers to it. The study involved 3600 citizens from six countries: Germany, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Norway and the UK.
The report shows that only one in five of the professionals surveyed in Europe work in a company that offers electric cars as a leasing option. The UK has the largest proportion of companies offering e-cars in their business plan (27 per cent) – while Germany (19 per cent) is in the middle, ahead of France (16 per cent), the Netherlands (17 per cent) and Belgium (18 per cent). In Germany, 48 per cent of citizens who would like to drive electrically would like their employers to offer electric cars as company cars. This is even more striking in Belgium (55 per cent), the Netherlands and the UK (52 per cent).
European citizens expect companies to think and act sustainably
European citizens expect governments to focus on policies that fight for the interests of the planet – but there are also rising expectations for companies to adopt the same mindset. Consumers’ expectations of companies are higher than ever. They expect them to take steps to address environmental issues, with the use of electromobility playing a key role.
“Electromobility in business benefits employees, society and our planet. This study confirms that there is growing pressure on companies and they now have the opportunity to lead by example by electrifying their fleets and encouraging their employees to use electric cars. The provision of charging infrastructure in the workplace is a crucial factor in accelerating the uptake of electric mobility in Europe. It is encouraging to see that in Germany and many other countries more incentives are being put in place for both e-drivers and companies. This will help make sustainable transport a reality across the continent.” – Hermann Winkler, Regional Director DACH at EVBox
About two out of five European citizens work for a company that already has a sustainable vision. While the Netherlands (42 per cent) and Norway (41 per cent) are among the top performers, Germany is in second-to-last place (32 per cent), just ahead of France (31 per cent).
The situation is different for the following point: the citizens’ opinion that governments should only financially support companies in the Corona crisis that demonstrably take measures to significantly reduce their environmental impact. With 44 per cent strong agreement, Germany is in second place here, just behind France (46 per cent). Therefore, it is advisable that companies start thinking as environmentally conscious as their employees and customers.
Electrification of company cars and fleets increasingly important and attractive
The electrification of company cars and fleets is being promoted mainly through national policies, with financial incentives playing a crucial role. Governments across Europe are starting to ban new petrol and diesel vehicles. This will be the case in the UK from 2030 – Belgium is also planning to ban new company cars with combustion engines from 2026, and in France, there will be a ban on the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040.
Currently, in Germany, the private use of a fully electric company car with a list price below 60,000 euros is taxed at only 0.25 per cent of the list price per month. For a list price above 60,000 euros or a hybrid company car, the tax is 0.5 per cent of the list price per month. In comparison, company cars with combustion engines are taxed at 1 per cent.
In many other European countries, companies and public institutions can apply for subsidies that cover a certain percentage of the costs for charging stations. In Germany, companies can apply for subsidies of up to 3,000 euros per AC charging station and up to 30,000 euros per DC fast charging station if they are made available to the public.
Source: EVBox – press release 26.01.2021