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11 Jun 21

Smart Mobility Survey: Legislation and taxation identified as top challenges

At the Smart Mobility Conference, the organisers presented the results of the Smart Mobility Survey. At this stage, car-centric options still dominate the mobility landscape, but that could change as technology players boost their investments.

Download the results of the Smart Mobility Survey in our Knowledge Centre. On our YouTube channel, you can watch the session of the Smart Mobility Conference in which Sven Van Rossum, Head of Innovation and Research for Fleet Europe and Smart Mobility, presents the results of the survey with additional insights by Yves Helven, Fleet Europe/Smart Mobility expert and moderated by our Editor-in-Chief Steven Schoefs.

The Smart Mobility Survey was organised in partnership with Fleet & Mobility. In all, 117 people took part in the survey, 44% of whom were mobility customers. They came from 16 countries and represented 6,300 employees on average. The average fleet they represented had over 2,400 vehicles.

E-mobility (electric cars) top the list of mobility solutions already in use today – 84% of respondents already use them, followed by carsharing (45%), carpooling (41%) and public transport (40%).

This list is dominated by car-centric solutions, possibly because those solutions are offered by companies that already have close ties to corporate clients – leasing companies and carmakers.

When asked what mobility solutions they will be using in the future, 46% of respondents replied micro-mobility, 45% mobility budgets, 36% bike sharing and 27% public transport.

Respondents were also asked to score their home country with regard to its current legislative approach towards mobility, with the following result (a higher score is better):

  1. Denmark 7.49
  2. Netherlands 7.06
  3. Belgium 6.36
  4. UK 6.33
  5. France 5.63
  6. Germany 5.20
  7. Spain 5.03
  8. Italy 4.56

This list is topped by countries with similar characteristics: both Denmark and the Netherlands are traditionally innovative countries with a relatively high population density. Importantly, both do not have domestic carmakers, contrary to the countries at the bottom of the list.

Both mobility customers and mobility suppliers believe legislation and taxation are the main challenges to integrating corporate mobility.

Mobility customers see leasing companies as their most natural supplier of mobility solutions (36%), followed by technology providers (27%) and carmakers (14%). Mobility suppliers themselves put tech companies at the top (35%), followed by leasecos (29%) and rental companies (15%).

Tech companies are a likely candidate to become major mobility players. So far, many providers of alternative mobility solutions struggle to enter or remain profitability. To tech companies, that will be a minor concern – they can afford to see mobility solutions as a way to boost more profitable services that hinge on data and information derived from mobility.

Authored by: Benjamin Uyttebroeck