Dutch drivers don’t mind paying for sustainable mobility, but employer is hardly willing to invest
51 percent of Dutch lease drivers are willing to pay more if their employer offers sustainable mobility solutions, such as electric vehicles. Organizations are one step behind in this area: 55 percent do not even have a mobility plan. The main reason for this is a lack of knowledge. This is evident from a benchmark research by Business Lease Nederland among 700 fleet managers and lease drivers.
Making Mobility more sustainable ranks 6th as a priority inside organizations’ sustainability objectives. The complicated introduction, fear of dissatisfied employees and the additional costs are presented as arguments. In order to realize an electric vehicle fleet in the future, organizations therefore need a tax incentive from the government.
Lack of knowledge and evidence are largest thresholds
Despite all the opportunities and developments within sustainable business mobility, more than half of the organizations still have no mobility plan for the time being. Opportunities such as the mobility budget and a mobility card are hardly ever used. 58 percent of organizations who have this are dissatisfied with the effect of this.
Stijn Otten, Director Innovation Lab: ‘Almost three-quarters of the fleet managers surveyed need evidence from the market. What does sustainable and smart mobility actually mean? Our research shows that employees are open to it. However, it remains difficult for employers to determine which mobility solutions fit the organization. To this end, we developed the NeedScan, with which we map out the needs and objectives and convert them into concrete mobility advice. This can vary from mobility passes to bicycles and from cars to telematics.’
According to managers, electric vehicles are a vision of the future
Although employees do appear to be open to new mobility solutions, the actual implementation of this for organizations is not that easy. It is true that a quarter of the car fleet managers consider sustainability to be important, but 88 percent thinks that achieving a fully electric vehicle fleet within five years is not realistic. Currently, 20 percent of employers do offer electric transport, yet only 1 percent of Dutch lease drivers actually drive a fully electric car.
‘Organizations struggle with sustainable mobility. But a more sustainable vehicle fleet – for example by using electric cars – also contributes directly to reducing the CO2 footprint. In addition, we see that the business driver is increasingly considering the entire electric car as an interesting alternative. Quick wins, on the one hand to make your organization more sustainable and on the other to be attractive as an employer ‘, says Otten.