A match made in Belgium
Pieter Sanders, Fleet and Facility Manager at delaware Belux says: “It wasn’t until our collaboration with Volvo and Novabil, that we found a full electric vehicle that answers our needs. The Volvo XC40 Recharge has a range of more than 400 km, which puts our employees’ mind at ease. Used right, this car can bring our consultants from customer A to B, a delaware office and back home, safely. We will, of course, guide our employees in their transition to electric driving and show them where to find superchargers such as Fastned and IONITY,” Pieter says.
“In December 2021, Volvo was invited to submit a tender in response to our call for starter cars. The main reasons why we chose Volvo, Novabil and Westlease are (1) because they made a great offer, (2) because they build their cars in Belgium, allowing for a shorter and more sustainable supply chain, and (3) because they can provide certainty in a volatile automotive market,” Pieter continues. The worldwide chip shortage, car parts shortage and associated risk of longer delivery times did not pose a problem to Volvo.
“This is the biggest one-day delivery of full electric cars,” says Wim Soenens, Commercial Director at Novabil. “All partners have done their utmost to meet the expected delivery date. The Volvo XC40 Recharge is the first full electric vehicle made by Volvo and we are incredibly proud to be able to distribute it. I can confirm that delaware is one of the few organizations in Belgium to go full electric for its starters.”
Westlease, part of the Van Mossel Automotive Groep and delaware’s current lease partner in this collaboration with Volvo and Novabil, shares that vision. “We’re happy to see this partnership expanding. We see huge potential in electric vehicles and fully align with delaware's ambitions to make mobility more sustainable," says Benoit Carrette, Sales Manager at Westlease.
“I am particularly proud that 160 new joiners are now starting their careers with a full electric vehicle made by Volvo. Volvo is committed to sustainability: we take our responsibility for our environment, and for our people. It is wonderful to see that delaware attaches the same importance to this matter, and I believe we share common values: we care for our people and our environment,” says Elfi Janssens, Managing Director at Volvo Car Belux.
“The XC40 is one of our most popular cars - it might be one of our 'smallest’ SUVs, but still fits 4 adults and is equipped with the latest technological advancements known in the automotive industry," Elfi continues. “Its strong points are its comfortable seating, its safety features, infotainment, and elegant design.”
“The collaboration with delaware and Novabil has been nothing but wonderful. I believe that is because we all speak the same language: innovation, sustainability, and people at the center of our activities. The partnership with delaware and Novabil is proof that (branches of) Belgian organizations can strengthen each other in their pursuits,” Elfi adds.