Companies and charging station operators play a crucial role in the transition to sustainable mobility in the Netherlands

Should companies offer their employees an electric leasing car? According to 57 percent of Dutch people, employees should also be able to lease a company car. 71% of potential electric drivers agree. These are some of the results from this year’s EVBox Mobility Monitor edition, EVBox’s market research on the introduction of electric transport, conducted in collaboration with Ipsos. More than 4,000 European citizens in four countries (the Netherlands, France, Germany and the United Kingdom) participated in this survey.

Companies and employers are more often held responsible for providing charging stations for electric cars

In Europe, nearly six out of ten potential electric car drivers say a potential employer is more attractive to them if it offers electric cars. This percentage has increased from 46 percent to 57 percent compared to the figures from the EVBox Mobility Monitor for 2020. In the Netherlands we see a decrease: while 52 percent of potential electric car drivers previously had this view (2020), this percentage has increased, it is now 42 percentage. Current electric car drivers find an employer even significantly less attractive when offering electric cars compared to 2020 (from 61 percent in 2020 to 42 percent in 2022).

Despite the fact that the supply of electric cars does not immediately make employers more attractive, more and more Dutch people expect companies to offer electric cars as part of their company car plan. Compared to 2020, this expectation has increased significantly among all respondents from the general population (from 17 to 57 percent), potential electric car drivers (from 27 to 71 percent) and current electric car drivers (from 51 to 62 percent).

As companies cover the fuel costs of diesel and petrol cars, the majority of Dutch electric drivers also expect that the cost of charging at work (72 per cent) but also at home (55 per cent) will be covered by their employer.

Three out of ten Dutch electric car drivers state that there are always enough charging stations available at work

Fewer and fewer Dutch electric drivers charge their car at work. Where 56 percent did this in 2020, the share has shrunk to 38 percent in 2022 *. Across Europe, we also see a marked decline from 45 percent in 2020 to 34 percent in 2022. In addition, it seems that only 30 percent * of Dutch electric car drivers indicate that there are always enough charging stations available for them at work.

Most Dutch electric car drivers mainly charge their car at home (67 percent *) and at work (38 percent *). In addition to work, charging in public and commercial car parks is also popular in the Netherlands (38 percent *). In 2020, petrol stations along motorways (44 per cent) and shopping centers (26 per cent) were also often charged, but now only a small proportion of electric drivers say they do so (20 per cent * at petrol stations, 7 per cent * at shopping centers).

More charging stations in the workplace can be stimulated with specific policies by the government. Nearly half of the population (46 percent) believe that the government should offer more tax breaks to progressive companies that offer electric cars to their employees and / or electrify their fleet.

Fast charging as an important driver for the roll-out of electric transport

Fast charging is seen as an important factor for the adoption of electric cars, and demand is increasing: 35 percent of Dutch and 57 percent of potential electric drivers would (previously) switch to electric driving if there were more fast chargers along the road. One of the biggest barriers to choosing an electric car is the perception that charging electric cars takes too long. Fast chargers are the solution to this.

Only 34 percent of Dutch electric drivers believe that the charging infrastructure in the Netherlands is (very) well developed, compared to 47 percent in 2020. Nevertheless, at least seven out of ten (potential) electric car drivers in the Netherlands believe that the goals in improving charging infrastructure in the Netherlands The EU can be reached.

The “Fit for 55” plans include installing a charging point every 60 km along most highways and freeways. In addition, this package sets binding minimum targets for building charging infrastructure. Under the current proposal, Member States must provide at least 1 kW of publicly available fast charging power per day. fully electric car in their country from the date of entry into force.

Regarding the places where fast chargers are most used, the Dutch results show that this is the case at short stops and petrol stations (67 percent *), at home (50 percent *) and in hotels (46 percent *). In all countries, there is a breakdown of where more fast chargers would be needed, indicating that they are actually a necessity for electric drivers everywhere. In Germany, for example, there seems to be a greater need for more fast chargers in supermarkets (39 per cent), while the Dutch prefer to look more at petrol stations along the motorways (26 per cent).

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More than half of future electric drivers are willing to pay more for public charging if their car is charged faster

More than half (51 percent) of potential electric drivers in the Netherlands are willing to pay more if their car is charged faster. Compared to 2020, more Dutch electric car drivers seem to be aware of the differences between regular charging and fast charging (from 59 to 65 percent). Nevertheless, it can be seen that Dutch electric drivers’ use of fast chargers has fallen significantly compared to 2020: 47 percent never use fast charging compared to 19 percent in 2020. So we see a difference between electric drivers and potential electric drivers.

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EV drivers appreciate clear information about charging costs and the ease of use of fast chargers

Today’s electric car drivers expect fast chargers to give them everything they need to make the charging experience as smooth as possible. For example, 51 percent * of Dutch electric car drivers rank clear insight into charging costs as the most important feature, followed by usability (47 percent *), status indicators (38 percent *) and energy efficiency (36 percent *).

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“The results of the EVBox Mobility Monitor show that, above all, there must be a good mix of different types of charging stations in all possible places. The vast majority of Dutch people do not have their own driveway and are therefore dependent on public collection. Research shows that there is still room for improvement in improving the public charging infrastructure in the Netherlands. We therefore continue to invest in further developing and improving our charging solutions to ensure that we can supply all electric drivers with the charging stations they need at home and in the public domain. It seems that fast chargers could be an important driver for future electric drivers. I expect even more growth in the number of fast chargers in the coming period so that we can convince more motorists of electric driving. In addition, I think it is very important that we continue to inform motorists about developments in the electricity market. They need to know where the charging stations are, how they work and why they are cheaper to use than a petrol pump. Together with charging station operators, petrol station owners, businesses and politicians, we must ensure that the transition to electric transport is as easy as possible. ” † Daniël Geerts (Regional Director Benelux at EVBox)

* These percentages are based on a limited number of observations

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