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Belgian car fleet grows by 100,000 hybrid and almost 18,000 electric cars

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Belgian car fleet grows by 100,000 hybrid and almost 18,000 electric cars

On 1 August 2021, Belgium had 5,927,912 passenger cars compared to 5,888,589 a year earlier. This is an increase of 0.7% after the small but remarkable decrease of 0.01% in corona year 2020. The number of passenger cars increased by an average of 0.92% over the past ten years. This is what emerged from new figures of Statbel, the Belgian statistical office.

Hybrid passenger cars currently account for 4.4 % of the total passenger car fleet and have far exceeded the 250,000 cars mark: 258,916 hybrid cars compared to only 154,807 in 2020 (+67%). The number of fully electric passenger cars also increased by 70% (40,851) and cars running on gas by 7% (15,999). The number of petrol cars continues to increase (+4%), while diesel cars continue to decrease (-6.8%).

Since 2015, the number of passenger cars running on diesel has fallen slightly faster each year. In 2021, there are 6.8% fewer diesel cars than in the previous year. So on 1 August, there were 2,623,556 diesel cars. At the same time, the number of petrol cars continues to rise (+3.4% in 2021) to 2,951,770 vehicles. Petrol cars now represent 49.8% of the passenger car fleet, diesel cars 44.3%.

Besides passenger cars, Belgium has 16,628 buses and coaches, 946,427 vehicles for the transport of goods, 53,899 tractors, 200,332 agricultural tractors and 80,876 special motor vehicles. The total vehicle fleet thus consists of 7,226,074 vehicles. There are also 525,348 motorcycles registered in Belgium.

Table 1
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Size of the vehicle fleet (2017-2021)

On 1st August of the year 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Passenger vehicles 5,785,447 5,853,782 5,889,210 5,888,589 5,927,912
- petrol 2,335,349 2,518,942 2,709,604 2,843,903 2,951,770
- diesel 3,339,034 3,193,658 3,005,928 2,815,755 2,623,556
- gas 15,965 15,500 14,924 14,957 15,999
- with an electric motor 6,552 9,244 15,338 23,983 40,851
- hybrid 63,740 87,012 110,984 154,807 258,916
- not specified 24,807 29,426 32,432 35,184 36,820
Inhabitants per passenger car on 1st August (d) 1.96 1.94 1.94 1.95 1.94
N/A: Not (yet) available.
(d) Population figure on 1st January of the year
Table 2
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Size of the vehicle fleet (2017-2021)

On 1st August of the year 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Total vehicle fleet (including motorcycles) 7,419,405 7,533,172 7,614,082 7,651,138 7,751,422
Passenger vehicles 5,785,447 5,853,782 5,889,210 5,888,589 5,927,912
Buses and coaches 16,062 16,125 16,542 16,422 16,628
Lorries, delivery vans, cross-country vehicles and tank vehicles 826,742 856,096 885,487 910,356 946,427
Tractors (a) 47,478 50,230 52,694 52,802 53,899
Agricultural tractors 189,938 192,187 194,399 196,504 200,332
Specialized vehicles (b) 71,754 74,257 76,640 78,469 80,876
Motorcycles (c) 481,984 490,495 499,110 507,996 525,348
N/A: Not (yet) available.
(a) Tractors are commercial motor vehicles coupled to a semi-trailer (vehicle without front axle).
(b) Specialized vehicles are slow vehicles whose dimensions and weight exceed the established maximum limits. The maximum authorized weight in Belgium is 44 tonnes. Vehicles of this category may therefore only be used on public roads under strict conditions.
(c) All motorcycles driving 40km/h or faster. That is all motorcycles and most mopeds.
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Purpose and brief description

The vehicle fleet gives an overview of all motorised vehicles registered in Belgium on 1st August

Population

Motor vehicle / Vehicle fleet

Data collection method and sample size

Administrative data

Frequency

Annually

Timing of publication

Results available 1 month after the reference period.

Definitions

Vehicle types: passenger cars, buses and coaches, lorries, tractors, agricultural tractors, specialized vehicles, motorcycles

Fuel type: petrol, diesel, gas, electricity.

Tractors are commercial motor vehicles coupled to a semi-trailer (vehicle without front axle).

Specialized vehicles are slow vehicles whose dimensions and weight exceed the established maximum limits. The maximum authorized weight in Belgium is 44 tonnes. Vehicles of this category may therefore only be used on public roads under strict conditions.

All motorcycles driving 40km/h or faster. That is all motorcycles and most mopeds.