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Mobistar to install EV charging stations in employees’ homes

Using Alphabet’s AlphaElectric service, the move means that the charging stations will ensure they don’t have to pay for their fuel, just like employees who have a fuel card. It adds that this makes it the first Belgian employer to offer this kind of environment-friendly initiative to its employees.

Under the AlphaElectric project, the leasing company installs the charging station in the employee’s home, so they will no longer need to use their household electrical grid. All costs of the electric company cars are paid for by the employer, even the cost of charging at home. The invoice is automatically delivered to the employer.

Additionally, Mobistar is reserving parking spaces with charging stations at walking distance from the workplace and employees will have the opportunity to use a conventional car for 30 days a year, for driving holidays, for example.

Currently, two Mobistar employees drive an electric company car, the third one has been ordered. A further fifty-odd employees drive a hybrid company car, out of a total number of 960 corporate vehicles.

The firm says that it has been opting for a green car policy in the framework of its CSR program (Corporate Social Responsibility) for some years now.

By 2020, Mobistar wants to cut back its CO2 emissions by 20%.

‘On a yearly basis, our fleet uses up 2 million litres of diesel and emits 5000 tonnes of CO2,’ said Karel Boussu, hospitality manager at Mobistar.

‘Taken together, that accounts for 75% of our carbon footprint. Doing away with company cars altogether isn’t an option; there will always be employees requiring a vehicle for travel. Moreover, company cars are an important element of the remuneration package, especially within the context of the current fiscal climate. But that doesn’t mean we can’t think about alternatives. The fast pace of technological advancement opens up any number of new perspectives for fleet managers, too.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.

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