Overschakelen op elektrische voertuigen


Innovation 7 Jul 2020


Slowing down the climate change is everyone’s responsibility. The automobile sector is evolving and in five years’ time the transition from petrol or diesel to electricity will be a given.

In 2018, combustion engine vehicles still represented 95% of the cars registered in Europe. A trend that will clearly be reversed, because by 2025 electric vehicles will account for almost 50% of the market and over 70% by 2030. This transition from 100% combustion engines to electric will be as radical as the decline in diesel in recent years, particularly as there are excellent positive arguments.

In a white paper, Arval discusses five decisive factors that will accelerate this transition. The first one is the European regulations that obliges manufacturers to invest in cleaner technology. The second factor is the legislation that increases the cost of conventional combustion vehicles. The third is the increase in the range of electric vehicles. The fourth factor is the image of diesel cars among the general public. And the fifth and final factor is the increase in the number of low-emission zones and tax measures that encourage the purchase of electric vehicles. In the whitepaper you will also find ten reasons to integrate electric vehicles into your fleet, as well as tips to make this transition as smooth as possible.

It is important to think of electric vehicles as a real possibility in terms of use, the total cost of ownership (full TCO) and user satisfaction.

Choosing the optimal fuel is not everything, the sustainable management and energy transition of fleets must also be considered. This requires a balanced combination of information, help in making (good) decisions, monitoring the achievement of sustainable objectives and training drivers. Arval is pleased to help you with this transition.

How do I start? Thanks to the SMaRT (Sustainable Mobility and Responsibility Targets) approach, which includes driver profiling, fleet data extrapolation and alternative mobility solutions, Arval Consulting helps you to set out your roadmap for the years to come.

> Contact your business manager or Arval Consulting via email: vincent.houart@arval.be or by phone on 02 240 01 99.
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Get to know the jargon of electric vehicles with our glossary!

BEV: Battery Electric Vehicle refers to a vehicle powered by an electric battery. These vehicles are powered by the electromotive force of an electric engine. These vehicles have batteries with a significant degree of self-sufficiency that are recharged when the vehicle is stationary and from fixed charging stations.

EREV: Extended Range Electric Vehicle  is a term used to refer to vehicles whose main power source is electric. However, these vehicles are also fitted with an additional alternator or auxiliary combustion engine that enables the batteries to be recharged while the vehicle is in motion.  

FULL Hybrid: a full hybrid car is a vehicle with two engine units using different energy sources, most often fuel and electricity. These two engines can operate separately or together depending on the speed, power and energy reserves of the vehicle. At low speed and with a charged battery, the electric motor will start the car and provide the driving power. The internal combustion engine takes over if the battery is discharged or if the car is moving at high speed. However, the two motors can operate together when there is an increased need for power for restarting or acceleration.

PHEV or Plug-In Hybrid: Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle or rechargeable hybrid cars are vehicles powered by two different energy sources. They combine two types of engine (electric and combustion). As with an electric vehicle, the battery is recharged when the vehicle is stopped, but with a simple power socket. 

BMS: Battery Management System refers to a computer program that works by regulating the electricity flows enabling an electric vehicle to operate.

Charging station: a charging point or series of charging points, with or without access control or possibly payment. Charging stations for electric vehicles are fixed to the floor or ground or to the wall and incorporates all the necessary protection and safety features.

Electric charging infrastructure: all of the equipment, such as the power supply systems, power socket outlets, charging stations, clusters of charging stations, user interface points as well as the monitoring and billing systems relating to the charging of electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Smart Grid: a Smart Grid is an electrical system capable of intelligently integrating the actions of the various users, consumers and/or producers in order to maintain an efficient, sustainable, economical and secure electricity supply (see: definition in the Smart Grids European Technology Platform).

Regenerative braking: a mechanism for converting kinetic energy into electricity using the rotation of the vehicle’s wheels during braking, deceleration or descent.

ChargeMap: the Chargemap Pass is a payment card and a universal access solution that allows you to charge an electric vehicle on most European charging networks. This service also allows you to geolocate charging stations.

Zero emission: this term is used for cars with no (toxic or greenhouse gas) emissions when it is being driven. Electric vehicles are referred to as “zero emission”.

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