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The 100,000 hybrid car mark has been passed

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The 100,000 hybrid car mark has been passed

On 1st August 2019, there were 5,889,210 personal cars in Belgium. This is what emerged from the new figures of Statbel, the Belgian statistical office. Hybrid cars currently represent 1.9 % of this fleet and have passed the 100,000 car mark (110,984). Their growth remains significant although it is slowing down (+27.6 % between 2018 and 2019 compared to +36.5 % the previous year). 92 % of these hybrid cars are petrol/electric cars.

Compared to 2018, the personal vehicle fleet grew by 0.6 %, while it has grown by 1.3 % per year on average over the past ten years.

The number of diesel cars continues to decrease (-5.9 %) and could soon fall back below the 3 million mark as in 2008. In 2019, there were 3,005,928 diesel cars, i.e. 187,730 fewer than a year earlier.

This decrease is offset by the number of petrol cars, which increased by 190,662 units or 7.6 % to reach 2,709,604 cars.

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Although their weight remains limited in absolute terms, the electric car category is experiencing the strongest growth with +65.9 %. However, these 15,338 vehicles only account for 0.3 % of all personal cars.

Besides personal cars, there are also in Belgium 16,125 buses and coaches, 856,096 vehicles for the transport of goods, 50,230 tractors, 192,187 agricultural tractors, 74,257 specialized vehicles and 490,495 motorcycles, bringing the vehicle fleet to a total of 7,042,677 units.

Table 1
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Size of the vehicle fleet (2015-2019)

On 1st August of the year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Passenger vehicles 5,623,579 5,712,061 5,785,447 5,853,782 5,889,210
- petrol 2,091,327 2,199,038 2,335,349 2,518,942 2,709,604
- diesel 3,457,526 3,424,592 3,339,034 3,193,658 3,005,928
- gas 18,967 17,238 15,965 15,500 14,924
- with an electric motor 2,871 4,368 6,552 9,244 15,338
- hybrid 32,151 44,364 63,740 87,012 110,984
- not specified 20,737 22,461 24,807 29,426 32,432
Inhabitants per passenger car on 1st August (d) 1.99 1.97 1.96 1.94 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 (2015-2019)

On 1st August of the year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Total vehicle fleet (including motorcycles) 7,175,062 7,301,766 7,419,405 7,533,172 7,614,082
Passenger vehicles 5,623,579 5,712,061 5,785,447 5,853,782 5,889,210
Buses and coaches 16,094 16,040 16,062 16,125 16,542
Lorries, delivery vans, cross-country vehicles and tank vehicles 770,508 796,930 826,742 856,096 885,487
Tractors (a) 44,851 45,749 47,478 50,230 52,694
Agricultural tractors 186,334 188,122 189,938 192,187 194,399
Specialized vehicles (b) 67,910 69,538 71,754 74,257 76,640
Motorcycles (c) 465,786 473,326 481,984 490,495 499,110
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.