We're in lockdown for the second time this year, although fortunately it's somewhat less strict than the first one. Once again, a large proportion of the population is working from home and we visit customers directly in their living room via a PC or tablet. Meanwhile, our cars are sitting in garages or on our drives all day long. Since location-independent work won't be completely phased out even after Covid-19, businesspeople now need to ask themselves questions about their mobility. And in reality, this is the perfect time to go fully electric.
Mobility has been a difficult issue for businesses for several years. Belgians still see their cars as a status symbol that you just don't touch. Nevertheless, we've seen a gradual turnaround in recent years, which is being exacerbated by the current health crisis. Think about it – how many kilometres have you driven since March this year? Of course, we have to disconnect the mobility issue from the unprecedented circumstances we're living in today, but the fact is that we'll continue to work from home instead of being stuck in traffic jams on a daily basis in the future.
The situation also depends on the industry. As a leasing company, you cannot offer one uniform solution for all customers. Plumbers, for example, can't help their customers from their own home and are still on the road just as much as before the crisis. On the other hand, business managers or salespeople, who used to easily drive 30,000 kilometres a year, have barely seen their cars from the inside in 2020. For them, being mobile has recently meant moving from the bedroom to the bathroom and on to the living room, where the first customers are already waiting in the morning via Teams.
The demand for mobility has changed and every businessperson, both in large and small businesses, needs to be aware of this. Of course, we'll be driving more again after the pandemic, but the traffic that existed before coronavirus hit seems to be a thing of the past. After all, we've seen that things can change. Families with two cars are therefore certainly likely to ask themselves why they pay €800 a month for a vehicle that is constantly stationary. This doesn't mean that we'll no longer need a car in the future, but the current climate seems the ideal time to take the step towards a car of the future. And it's fully electric.