When we think about Belgium, we think about waffles, chocolate, and craft beer. But did you know Belgium is also steadily picking up the pace in the EV world? Let’s see what we could find out about the topic.
In 2017, Sweden and Belgium overtook the Netherlands in electric vehicle sales, despite exceptionally strong Q3/2016 sales of plug-in hybrids in the Netherlands due to tax changes. (source)
What does that mean?
Belgium sold 14,299 electric cars in 2017, a 59.2% increase compared to the 8,984 electric cars sold in 2016. For reference, we also found out that their number of charging points grew by 350% in 2016 compared to 2015. We wrote a post about electric car incentives in Europe a while back with more insights into the Belgium market, which you can check out here.
So, what are organizations doing to get on board the electric mobility train?
Companies like Qualiphar have realized the importance of green, affordable, and innovative technology. They’ve committed to making sure that new cars in their fleets are mainly hybrid or electric.
As one of Belgium’s biggest producers and distributors of over-the-counter pharmaceutical products and food supplements, Qualiphar has a lot of weight and traction in its industry. By entering the EV rEVolution, they show thought leadership and are a great example for other companies in Belgium to align their mindset.
Qualiphar proudly displays 10 charging points at their headquarters in Bornem, Belgium, and they charge approximately 10 electric cars. We’re happy and #EVproud to tell the world that they’ve picked EVBox as their preferred charging station provider.
“We wanted a platform with an experienced and global partner with an affordable price setting.” – Geert D’Hondt, Manager of Technical Service at Qualiphar
Their efforts for a better and greener future don’t stop at EV charging stations. One of the most important sustainability projects Qualiphar is moving forward with involves putting wind turbines on their site to generate electricity for both the production plant and the electric car chargers.
The future of daily transportation is not just flying cars
There’s so many interesting perspectives flying around (pun intended) and here, at EVBox, we’re all excited about future mobility developments. We’ve chatted with Qualiphar about it, and here’s what they said.
“The market will still be a mix of hydrogen, hybrid, and electricity-driven cars but the classic combustion engine will disappear within 10 years.”
What do you think is the future of daily transportation?
Get some inspiration from the world’s biggest EV brainstorm we organized during rEVolution 2018 – we tackled the same question with 500+ eMobility professionals and the answers were very insightful.
Take a look at our Workplace & Lease Case Study for a deep dive into four business insights about all things eMobility-related.
Big thanks to Geert D’Hondt, Manager of Technical Service at Qualiphar for helping us understand his company and giving us very valuable insights to build up this case study.
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