The results of the survey carried out by the chamber of trades (CDM) and the Automobile Club Luxembourg (ACL) indicate that more efforts need to be made in order for electromobility to be deployed in the craft industry. The surveyed companies manage a fleet totalling some 13,500 vehicles.
Electric motors are rare, with 91% of the cars and 99% of the vans in company fleets equipped with a combustion engine. This is a direct effect of the low availability of electrically powered vehicles adapted to the needs of craftsmen. As a result, only 15% of companies have at least one charging point.
The cost of investment remains an obstacle
While 54% of their employees being cross-border commuters, 7 out of 10 companies see mobility as a challenge. And 17% even say it is a problem. Time lost on the road is a concern for 6 out of 10 employers. The ACL estimates that the share of lost time is 141 hours per year and per vehicle which leads to a loss of productivity with a direct effects on competitiveness. "The CDM and ACL plead for increased public investment to improve mobility," the two organisations state in a press release.
Although just over a third of companies say they are well informed about electromobility, the cost of investment remains an obstacle for 77% of the craftsmen surveyed. Only 37% are thinking of taking the plunge, even though 28% of bosses see environmental and economic opportunities afforded by electric vehicles.
The CDM and the ACL were keen to welcome the government's efforts, particularly regarding the Clever Fueren subsidies. "However, one third of companies were not aware of the eligibility of their car fleet,” the survey reveals. Half of the surveyed business leaders believe that alternative technologies to electromobility are more suitable for their activities.
This story was first published in French on . It has been translated and edited for Delano.