Car use increased again in 2021.

Car use increased again in 2021.

Car-Pass manages the central register with the odometer readings of the Belgian car fleet and thus has a good overview of car ownership. The organisation calculates the number of kilometres driven over the year for all vehicles for which it has registered a kilometre reading in a given month on the basis of previous kilometre readings. The figures confirm that car use increased again last year compared to 2020, but that we are not yet at the level we were at before the Corona crisis. Teleworking is probably the main reason for this. 

The differences are less pronounced in the case of light commercial vehicles. They travelled an average of 19,537 km last year, an increase of 6% compared to 2020, and only 3% less than in 2019.

The younger the vehicle, the more it is used. In their first year of life, cars travel 22,000 km, after 11 years, half as much and after 20 years, only a third.

If we look at the energy source, drivers of diesel hybrids are the most frequent users. This is not surprising, as these are relatively new vehicles that are mainly found in company fleets. In 2021, they travelled an average of 25,081 km. Electric vehicles are also used intensively. They travelled 18,177 km last year. This is comparable to diesels and petrol hybrids. The classic petrol car has "only" added 11,440 km to its mileage. They are mainly registered in the name of private persons, and are also slightly older on average, which explains the lower figure.

Finally, we list the top 5 brands:
1.    Tesla 20,919 km
2.    DS 20,026 km
3.    Volvo 19,013 km
4.    Mercedes 19.010 km
5.    Skoda 18,438 km

It may come as a surprise that Tesla and DS are at the top of the ranking, but their fleets are on average less than 3 years old and therefore significantly younger than those of Volvo and Mercedes, whose average age is more than 7 and almost 9 years respectively.

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