Survey: More than 1 in 3 companies will not have an electric fleet by 2026

Survey: More than 1 in 3 companies will not have an electric fleet by 2026

By 2026, only fully electric commercial vehicles will benefit from the maximum tax benefits. However, more than a third of companies today state that they will not be able to complete all the adjustments in time. Nearly 7 out of 10 companies are struggling with their parking infrastructure and the additional fire safety risks associated with the electrification of their corporate fleet. 3 out of 10 have no idea who pays for the costs when a charging station at work burns down at an employee’s home. with 200 respondents from the sector.

The shift to an electric car fleet has finally begun for most companies and businesses. But the shift from fossil company cars to a (partial) electric car fleet raises many questions for many companies. It is not enough just to get the employees an electric car. Many additional practical questions arise. Is there a need for charging stations? How many? Should employees also be able to recharge at home? How are they refunded? And what about insurance for damage caused by a charging station? It is these ambiguities that cause delays in the transition to an electric company fleet.

2026 is too early for a third of companies

That there are still many questions of doubt among fleet managers in our country, appears from the online survey conducted by AON and FLEET between 24/03 and 29/04 among 200 respondents.

When asked whether they want their fleet fully electrified by 2026, more than a third (35.7%) say that will not be the case. The most common obstacles are the charging infrastructure (both at work and at the employee’s home), the long delivery times for electric cars, the fear among their employees that the range is too small or the car policy that needs to be completely changed.

“We see many question marks and indecision when it comes to the parking infrastructure (fire extinguishing system, fire protection plan or special insurance) for electric cars. 7 out of 10 respondents (68.9%) state that none of the above elements are in order. 21.9% have a fire insurance plan and only a small minority say they have special insurance for the charging system. However, for tax purposes, it is interesting for companies to start working on a charging infrastructure by this year: the investment is currently 200% deductible, “says Al Pijnacker, CEO of Fleet at AON.

On 1 July 2022, an amended Royal Decree (Royal Decree of 7 July 1994 laying down the basic standards for the prevention of fire and explosion that buildings must comply with) enters into force. One of the innovations concerns the obligation – only for new construction – that parking spaces with an area of ​​more than 250 m² on each parking floor must be equipped with one of the following types of safety: a smoke and heat extraction system (SHE) and / or sprinklers, or a ventilation opening.

Lack of knowledge

There is still great uncertainty among fleet managers about liability for damage caused by a charging station. When asked who is responsible for damage or fire at the charging station, 33.7% of the respondents answer that they did not know.

“The figures also show that almost 9 out of 10 employees (85.2%) with an electric car did not receive any training in proper charging or risks associated with charging via the socket. We are afraid of this. AON advises fleet leaders to actually do prevention, but also to revise car policy every year, for that is a living thing. Our goal is to reduce the ‘total cost of risk’. With our MaaS solutions (Mobility as a Service), we are increasingly successful with this, “says Al Pijnacker, CEO Fleet at AON.

Expensive fast charging stations

The study also shows that fleet managers should also go a step further to keep these total costs under control. Those who only fast-charge their electric car are often more expensive than those who fill up with petrol or diesel, and only 31.6% of the respondents try to somehow limit this, even though there is a risk of extra costs.

In full transition

The fleet sector is in full swing because tax legislation continues to steer our fleets towards electric cars. But that shift involves a lot of new factors that not everyone is familiar with. Fleet managers who switch to an electric fleet should therefore consult with reliable partners (leasing companies, charging station manufacturers, tax specialists, etc.) so as not to be greeted by surprises.

“It can actually have serious budgetary consequences for those who are unprepared. You can just place a charging stand with an employee who leaves the company a few months later without having a good deal on paper or who does not comply with the fire safety rules. Even taxation is sometimes still a question mark, because a fifth of our respondents believe that electric cars will always remain 100% deductible, while this is not the case.After all, anyone who leases an electric car after 2026, see that the deduction falls to 67.5% in 2031, depending on the time of ordering, «says Mika Tuyaerts, journalist at FLEET.

Finally, it is also necessary to bring small and medium-sized enterprises on board, because they are of great economic importance in our country and form a crucial link in the transition to sustainable mobility. The mobility issue is often a complex exercise for many companies. But with the right analysis, guidance, financing and insurance, companies can develop the right policy for an emissions-free fleet.

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