How will we get around in the future? How will we keep every worker mobile at all times? At KBC and KBC Autolease we already have a good idea of the answer: multi-mobility.
Multi-mobility is mobility...
KBC Autolease is becoming multi-mobile
The trend towards a new kind of mobility is already under way. KBC Autolease is also making the change and evolving from a lease company to a mobility provider.
By focusing on multi-mobility, we are making our offer future-proof. In a multi-mobile policy, every employee, within a scope that you decide, can make a free and conscious choice as to the modes of transport they use. The diesel car is increasingly making way for sustainable, healthier alternatives.
Our varied offer aims to inspire you to take a close look at your mobility policy. Your company can offer a forward-looking, flexible mobility policy.
An example: Ilse makes the switch to multi-mobility
Ilse lives 30 km from work and always takes the car. She occasionally drives to head office in Brussels. Stress and traffic jams every day, in other words. There is a better way.
After a mobility scan, Ilse opts for a different way.
- From now on, she works one day a week from home.
- When she has to go to Brussels, she takes the train.
- In the summer she comes to work on her bicycle one day a week, and in the winter she does so occasionally.
This solution is possible thanks to the combination of a green leased car, a leased bicycle using a salary exchange scheme and the Olympus app allowing Ilse to use public transport cheaply.
5 benefits of multi-mobility
1. You are ready for a multi-mobile future
The future is multi-mobile, because:
- the favourable tax treatment of the company car is under pressure
- the current employment climate is changing. Workers increasingly expect more flexibility
- the government, cities and municipalities are all working on alternative mobility plans
2. You keep your costs under control
You create the mobility framework, determine the choices made by the driver and keep your costs under control. Within the allocated budget and the set limits, your employees can make a deliberate and free choice from the range of possibilities offered by KBC Autolease.
3. You contribute to sustainable traffic
- The bicycle or train naturally have less impact on the environment.
- Alternatives are essential to ease the problem of traffic jams and reduce the amount of fine particles in the air.
4. A contented employee is worth their weight in gold
A multi-mobile policy makes your employees healthier and makes their lives easier. The right mode of transport at the right time:
- increases exercise
- reduces stress (including from traffic congestion)
- means more efficient use of time
- provides flexibility every day
The result? Lower sickness absenteeism and higher engagement.
5. You can manage your fleet easily with KBC Autolease Online
KBC Autolease Online is a free web application for vehicle fleet managers. Contracts, invoices, tracking orders: you can do it all online, even if you manage several different fleets. You can allow drivers restricted access, for example to consult their own file or to modify data.
KBC and KBC Autolease are passionate about sustainable mobility. That’s why we’ve been ahead of the pack for years, with flexible and cost-effective solutions tailored to each of your employees. We make all combinations of bicycle, car and public transport possible.
Did you know that 20% of employees live less than 15 kilometres from their work? That’s easily covered by bike. And cycling is good for people and for the environment. It is also encouraged through tax breaks, and you can decide to pay a cycle allowance.
With our super-flexible bicycle leasing programme, there’s an option to enable everyone to get on their bike. You go to a selected first-class cycle dealer and choose the bicycle that suits your lifestyle.
Together with our professional network, we take care of all the practical details.
A wide choice from all models, makes and accessories
- City bikes
- Racing bikes
- All-terrain bikes
- Trekking bikes
- Delivery bikes
- Folding bikes
- Electric bikes
The contract includes 1 annual maintenance service at an approved service point. That means your bicycle is in tip-top condition at all times.
- Fully insured through KBC Autolease
- VAB bicycle roadside assistance covering mechanical problems, punctures and vandalism
The car is still the most popular means of transport for working Belgians. However, today it’s just one of several transport modes offered by KBC Autolease in a multi-mobile transport package. The options provided by KBC Autolease are all fully sustainable: you can choose from six different propulsion methods, based on the user’s needs.
There are a great many factors to take into account when putting together your ideal fleet. The brief overview below – which discusses the various propulsion methods available, the pros and cons and the tax implications – will provide you with the basic information you need.
You can also take a look at our list of Best In Class vehicle models.
1. Drivers tend to favour petrol over other options
- Petrol cars are less expensive to purchase than equivalent diesel vehicles
- Available for the same models as diesel
- A large number of manufacturers have invested in powerful and fuel-efficient petrol engines for example, a one-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder that easily delivers 120hp)
- Fuel consumption depends to a large extent on driving style, particularly for turbochargers
- It’s easy to make the switch from diesel to petrol.
As many petrol engines emit virtually no fine particles, they are ideal for a mix of urban and motorway driving.
2. Drivers tend to favour hybrid over other options
A full hybrid vehicle has two engines: an internal combustion engine (generally petrol-driven) and an electric motor. The battery for the latter is charged by the petrol engine and by the energy released when braking.
- Full hybrid vehicles have lower emissions (of soot and nitrogen dioxide) than their diesel counterparts
- 100% electrical power for very short journeys
- Electric motor mainly used for support when pulling away or accelerating, in order to reduce the use of the internal combustion engine
- Usually around 75-80% tax-deductible
- Almost silent with smooth starting and pleasant driving characteristics
Full hybrid vehicles are excellent in the city, in stop-start traffic and in traffic jams, because they then make full use of the hybrid propulsion system.
3. While the fleet will continue to include diesel vehicles, their number is declining rapidly
- Economical internal combustion engine
- Lower carbon emissions
- Actual fuel consumption depends far less on driving style than is the case with the other propulsion methods
- Extensive range
- Diesel cars are less expensive to purchase than equivalent petrol vehicles
Diesel remains a sensible choice for frequent motorway journeys of more than 50 kilometres and a minimum of 30,000 km/year. because frequent motorway journeys of 30-45 minutes are required in order to make the most of the advantages of today’s diesel). However, diesel engines are not the best choice for use only in the city or for short journeys.
4. CNG vehicles can serve as an alternative to diesel
- CNG (Compressed Natural Gas) vehicles are less expensive than both diesel and petrol
- CNG scores higher on carbon and toxic emissions such as soot and nitrogen dioxides
- Higher maintenance budget (due to the double fuel delivery system)
- The supply of CNG vehicles is limited.
- N.B.: CNG cannot be regarded as a bridge towards sustainable mobility: it is still a fossil fuel.
CNG vehicles are delivered ex-works by the manufacturer. Their range is limited to 200-300 km, after which they can continue using petrol.
CNG vehicles can serve as alternatives to diesel cars for drivers who have access to a nearby CNG filling station.
5. Electric driving is the future
Fully electric vehicles are powered exclusively by one or more electric motors. The battery (lithium-ion) is charged off the grid, and electricity is also generated when slowing down and braking.
- Electric vehicles do not release carbon while in motion
- 100% tax-deductible
- Electric vehicles are far more economical than the (heavier) plug-in hybrid vehicles
- BEVs drive nicely, nippy, quiet, very relaxed
- Low maintenance costs
- In the coming years, an increasing variety of electric vehicles will become available
Together with the charging solution and the available budget, the range is one of the determining factors in the choice of electric vehicle. The range of the current electric vehicles varies from 90 km to more than 500 km; on an annual basis, this means a high potential range.
The range of your electric vehicle, depends on:
- The usable energy capacity of the battery (in kWh)
- The actual consumption in (in kWh per 100 km)
- The driver being able to charge the vehicle quickly and safely for the following journey
Short-range electric vehicles are the best driving solution for urban environments, while long-range electric vehicles are perfect for longer motorway journeys, making them a viable alternative to petrol and diesel cars.
Driving a low number of kilometres with an electric vehicle is not cost-efficient due to the high investment value and the additional investment in charging infrastructure. We therefore do not advocate imposing a maximum number of kilometres for electric vehicles.
Moreover, the majority of electric vehicles are extremely well-suited for use as a principal family vehicle.
6. When it comes to the plug-in hybrid, theory and practice don’t always match
A plug-in hybrid vehicle has two engines: an internal combustion engine (generally petrol-driven) and a powerful electric motor. The battery can be charged in advance from the mains or at a charging station. Depending on the vehicle, up to 100 km can be driven entirely on electric power. Once the battery is empty, the petrol engine takes over.
- Very powerful because the internal combustion engine and electric motor can also operate simultaneously
- Low official fuel consumption (theoretically) and therefore also low carbon emissions
- True plug-in hybrids are (almost) 100% tax-deductible, while fake ones will be subject to punitive tax charges starting in 2020
Plug-in hybrids may be worth considering for drivers interested in electric (and emission-free) driving in the city but who also regularly use the motorway.
Public transport with the unique Olympus app
The Olympus app makes it easy to integrate public transport and bicycle-sharing into a multi-mobility package for your workers, who can then use their time more efficiently.
Clients of KBC Autolease will soon be able to use the app. The first pilot project is in full swing, and Olympus should become fully operational later this year.
Switch easily between modes of transport
Your employees choose a mode of transport or a combination of modes which is the most suitable for their journey (train, bus, tram, Metro or bicycle).
They can do that for the whole journey, or just a part of it, for example using their leased car to drive to the railway station.
All journeys are automatically logged. You receive a clear monthly invoice.
Curious about how to get started with multi-mobility? We’ll show you the way!
Are you as passionate about sustainable mobility as we are? Are you also convinced that offering a range of multi-mobility solutions leads to satisfied workers and a smaller ecological footprint? If so, join us on the journey towards multi-mobility.
Would you like to get started? Feel free to contact us. We'll be happy to help you.