“A lot of people are reluctant to take the plunge and buy an electric car. Through this group purchase we hope to take this fear away”, Ms Peeters told journalists.
However, the automobile industry federation Febiac is not convinced.
"I this the task of the authorities? I think that there are other things for the Flemish authorities to do”, Febiac’s Joost Kaesemans told VRT News.
"It is important that we support new technology. The price is indeed often an obstacle. But there are issues such as energy supply, green energy and energy transition where a lot still needs to be done”.
Mr Kaesemans added that "Many electric cars are still more expensive than other vehicles. A group purchase is one way of countering this. However, this is something that in reality is part of the commercial line taken when selling cars”.