Now that the future tax rules for company cars are clear and the supply of electric cars is constantly increasing, the electrification of the fleet is gaining momentum in many companies. For both small and large companies, this transition involves more than just the purchase of a hybrid or electric vehicle. Below we look at a number of important points to consider when electrifying your fleet.
The right car for every driver
The choice of a company car is usually dictated by the total cost price (TCO) of the car. Car taxation is an important part of this and means that plug-in hybrids and cars with only an internal combustion engine will eventually no longer be interesting (fiscally). However, taxation should not be the only determining factor.
For example, it is best to base the composition of the fleet on the different driving profiles within the company. An electric car will be of interest mainly to employees who use it to commute to work and for family travel. For employees who have to travel regularly to customers, a plug-in hybrid will be more appropriate. This will allow them to continue driving long distances, while the electric driving range will cover commuting.
Charging infrastructure: map out all costs
No electric vehicle without charging infrastructure. The provision of charging points involves more than just the installation of charging points in the office or at the employee's home. Check whether the existing electricity infrastructure is prepared for the installation of one or more charging stations. Installing a new cubicle in the office is often a major investment, and unforeseen cabling work at the employee's home can also result in additional costs.
Given the ever-rising electricity prices, a smart and sustainable electricity supply is more than ever a must. The investment in (additional) solar panels and intelligent charging systems is therefore inextricably linked to the electrification of every vehicle fleet. Companies are an important link to an extensive public charging network in Belgium and are therefore today receiving government support in the form of tax breaks. The faster the investments in charging infrastructure, the greater the tax benefit will be. For example, investments in public charging infrastructure enjoy a temporarily increased tax cost deduction and PV installations enjoy an investment deduction.
Do not lose sight of the car policy
The agreements on the use of the company car between employer and employee are laid down in an agreement, the car policy. The electrification of the car fleet therefore entails a necessary adjustment. For example, you need to make clear agreements about when you can charge the car at the office, what happens to the charging infrastructure installed at home if the employee moves or is dismissed, and whether the use of the more expensive quick chargers along the road will be limited.
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