‘Lease drivers have doubts about EVs due to increasing addition’

‘Lease drivers have doubts about EVs due to increasing addition’

In recent years, the lower additional tax liability has been an important incentive for many lease drivers to exchange their petrol lease car for an EV. That incentive is becoming less and less strong and ALD Automotive therefore sees doubts arising among lease drivers.

The addition rate for electric cars has been increasing step by step for a number of years. That often leads to a run on electric cars for partly business use at the end of the year. Next year, the difference between the addition for an electric car and a partially or non-electric car will also be smaller than it is now. Then you have lost 16 percent addition to a catalog value of €35,000 and for the part above that you have lost the full 22 percent. ALD Automotive investigated what this small difference does to the wish for business lease drivers and sees that the doubt about driving electrically is growing.

“Only 18 percent of all lease drivers consider this new addition to be an incentive to choose an electric lease car over a normal lease car,” says the lease company. In fact, a significant proportion see a conventionally powered car as a better option: “21 percent of current electric lease drivers indicate that because of this higher addition they will return to a lease car that runs on fossil fuel. Another 23 percent don’t know yet for this reason.”

The transition to a more electric lease vehicle fleet is seen as essential to achieve the goals in the Dutch Climate Agreement. Jeroen Kruisweg, general manager of ALD Automotive, does not think the increase in the addition for electric cars is a good thing and states that a tax incentive is still badly needed to convince lease drivers to start driving electrically: “The increase in the addition is too early. Everyone sees the supply of affordable electric cars increasing, but the government is pulling back very quickly. We still see ‘charging stress’ due to shortages of charging points and lagging network capacity. The improved range can soften this negative sentiment, but on condition of financial stimulus from government.”

– Thanks for information from Autoweek.nl

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