Electric vehicles: a sustainable alternative

Today, most Belgians still drive a traditional petrol or diesel car. If it were up to us, that wouldn't be the case in the near future. In addition to vehicles that run on compressed natural gas (CNG), at Colruyt Group we believe strongly in electric vehicles which run on green energy. “Because they’re already a good alternative to traditional vehicles today, and in future the benefits will only increase,” says Tom Van den Bosch, business developer at Eoly, Colruyt Group’s green energy supplier.

Electric vehicle fleet

At Colruyt Group, we’ve been investing in electric vehicles for several years now. Our fleet contains several electric vehicles. So we’re exploring the possibilities for our company.

  • Since 2011, our Security Centre guards and our internal postal service have used four electric vehicles for short journeys between the central sites in Halle. In addition, we’ve also added electric cars to our fleet as pool cars.
  • Since 2015, we’ve been testing one of the first electric terminal tractors in Belgium for moving trailers on our logistics sites. We charge the battery with green energy which we produce ourselves. Because the vehicle is 100% electric, there are of course no exhaust emissions. This means that the tractor works quietly, which is better for the driver and our neighbours.
  • Since 2016, employees have been able to choose electric cars as company cars. These are 100% electric vehicles and therefore a lot cleaner than hybrid models with electric and petrol engines.

Our fuel and energy specialists from DATS 24 and Eoly are building a network of electric charging stations in Flanders.

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Not only environmental benefits

“At Colruyt Group, we’re investing in electric vehicles because we’re convinced about their benefits: for our company, for society and for consumers,” says Tom Van den Bosch, business developer at Eoly. Electric vehicles running on green energy are first and foremost better for the environment. Because they emit no CO2 and particulates. In addition, there are many benefits for the owner and driver:

  • you no longer have to fill up, because you recharge the vehicle where you park;
  • your maintenance costs are lower and you enjoy tax benefits;
  • electric vehicles are comfortable, quiet and smooth to drive.
Electric cars emit no CO2 and particulates.
Electric cars emit no CO2 and particulates.

Disadvantages are being eliminated

“We know that electric vehicles still have some disadvantages today,” says Tom Van den Bosch. “Their limited range makes them less suitable for longer distances. In addition, they’re slightly more expensive to buy, and Belgium still needs to develop the network of charging stations further.”

Yet our energy specialists are very optimistic about the future. “We expect a strong increase in the number of electric vehicles. For example, their range has improved, and Eoly and DATS 24 have significantly expanded their network of charging stations. We are making progress!”

In addition to electric vehicles, Eoly and DATS 24 are also exploring the potential of hydrogen and CNG as fuels, both for logistics and passenger transport.

With this initiative, we contribute to the following Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.

Affordable and clean energy Climate action