In 2015, there were, in all, 2,871 electric cars in Belgium, as opposed to the 1,792 calculated by the Federal Public Service (FPS) Economy in 2014. In other words, the number of electric cars in Belgium increased by 60.2% in the space of just a year.
There have been sharp rises in the number of electric passenger vehicles year on year since 2009, when there were just 10 such vehicles on the Belgian roads.
This grew to 36 in 2010, 162 in 2011, 647 in 2012 and 919 in 2013.
Nineteen vehicles already registered in 2016, says Energy Minister Annemie Turtelboom
While these numbers are relatively small, they do show a clear trend, agrees Flemish Minister for Energy Annemie Turtelboom.
“In the first 10 days of January 2016, 19 electric vehicles were registered”, the Minister pointed out at the European Motor Show in Brussels (http://autosalon.be/en). “In the same period in 2015, there was only one such registration. What’s more, six CNG vehicles were registered, whereas in the first 10 days of 2015 there were no registrations of this type of vehicle.”
€5,000 subsidy for purchases of electric vehicles
The Minister would like to see registrations of electric vehicles reaching 60,000 by 2020. She is also setting a target of 5,000 public charging stations in Flanders being in place by then.
These objectives will be supported by a subsidy of up to €5,000 when buying an electric or zero-emissions hydrogen-powered vehicle.
Another piece of good news is that six operators of charging stations have decided to open up their network to the five other companies within this group.