The ACL and the Chamber of Trade (Chambre des Métiers) have conducted a joint survey of 1,310 Luxembourg-based companies to help understand their current and future mobility needs.
The joint survey conducted by the Chamber of Trade and the ACL (Automobile Club du Luxembourg) in the first quarter of 2022 was sent to 7,364 companies in the arts & crafts sector and 1,310 of these responded, accounting for a total of some 33,000 employees, corresponding to 38% of the workforce of the companies contacted. The companies participating in the survey had an average of 25 employees.
The current state of play
64% of the companies surveyed had a fleet of vehicles. 8 in 10 used only service cars and/or vans. Only 3 in 10 had heavy goods vehicles. Companies with a fleet had an average of 17 vehicles (lorries, vans and cars combined). The companies that responded to the questionnaire managed a total combined fleet of over 13,500 vehicles. 91% of cars and 99% of vans were fitted with combustion engines.
Only 15% of companies had at least one charging point. The companies that responded to the questionnaire had a total of 630 charging points.
7 out of 10 companies saw mobility as a challenge. 17% of companies even stated that it was a major problem. 8 in 10 companies claimed that the price of fuel or electricity was a problem.
Time wasted sitting in traffic was a concern for 6 in 10 companies. For 40% of respondents, travel time to and from work was a barrier to finding and/or retaining skilled labour. Large companies were more exposed to this challenge (76%).
According to the calculations of the ACL and the Chamber of Trade, employees spent 141 hours per vehicle per year stuck in traffic. For a company with 17 vehicles, this monetary loss amounted to €48,000 per year. These calculations were based on one person travelling per vehicle at an hourly cost of €20/hour.
It should be noted that only one in four companies dealt with the issue of mobility internally. Hot topics included the idea of rolling working hours to avoid traffic jams, and the switch to electromobility. Two-thirds of companies said they were well informed when it came to the development of electromobility. That said, 77% of them claimed that the cost of investment remained a major obstacle.
Only 37% of companies planned to invest in electromobility. 28% of company bosses saw the development of electromobility as a real opportunity.
Over a third of the employers questioned were unaware that the ‘Clever fueren’ electromobility bonus also applied to company vehicle fleets. Only 7% of artisan companies had already taken advantage of the scheme, although 14% of the companies surveyed said they intended to do so in the future.
Given the discrepancy between the current state of electromobility and their needs (range, charging time, etc.), half of the artisan companies surveyed believed other alternatives to be more suitable and were considering hydrogen or biofuels.
- Companies were experiencing a significant loss of productive time.
- The Chamber of Trade and the ACL welcome the government’s efforts to accelerate the development of electromobility, including the ‘Clever fueren’ support scheme. However, a third of the companies surveyed were unaware that they were eligible for this subsidy.
- There is a huge amount of work to be done in terms of charging infrastructure, including charging points on public roads, at company premises and at employees’ homes.
- Many companies, especially those of a certain size, were prepared to invest, but investment costs were still a major obstacle.
- The lack of availability of electric vehicles that met the needs of artisans (vans and lorries) was also a significant problem.
- 50% of company bosses believed alternatives to electromobility to be better suited to their businesses.
- Improve mobility in the broadest sense through substantial public investment, including in road infrastructure.
- Organise a campaign to raise awareness among companies.
- Accelerate the development of charging infrastructure (including SuperChargy charging points).
- The Chamber of Trade and the ACL are awaiting the draft law on the new aid scheme for the purchasing of clean vehicles (announced in the tripartite agreement of 31 March 2022).
- Avoid penalising companies by prohibiting the use of alternatives to electromobility (e.g. subsidies for electric vehicles only).
- Take into account alternative technologies currently under development, such as hydrogen, eFuel, certain biofuels, etc. without relying solely on the electric vehicle technology.