FAQ’s for Fleet Managers

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Is financial support available for electric vehicles?

Support of up to £3,500 is available for cars, and up to £8,000 for vans as a ‘Plug-In Car’ grant to reduce the start-up costs of purchasing an EV.

Cars must have CO2 emissions less than 50g/km and have a zero-emission range of at least 70 miles to qualify for the grant.

Which vehicles qualify for the Plug-In Car grant?

There are three categories of vehicle which qualify for the Plug-In Car grant.

Category 1: Vehicles with a range of 70 miles making zero emissions, and a manufacturer quoted CO2 emissions figure of less than 50g/km.

Category 2: Vehicles with a range of at least 10 miles making zero emissions, and a manufacturer quoted CO2 emissions figure of less than 50g/km.

Category 3: Vehicles with a range of at least 20 miles making zero emissions, and a manufacturer quoted CO2 emissions figure of between 50-75g/km.

What is the Plug-In Car grant process?

The vehicle dealership will complete the paperwork on behalf of the buyer after the EV (Electric Vehicle) has been purchased, so the process is simple.

How does the Plug-In Car grant affect employees?

Tax benefits may be available for company car drivers. Electric and hybrid cars that emit 50g/km of CO2 or less can incur a ‘Benefit In Kind’ tax of 9%.

For company cars, there is also reduced employer class 1A National Insurance Contributions (NIC). Employers must pay Class 1A NIC on the company cars. The NIC is linked to the P11D value and the CO2 emission of the vehicle.

Plug-in cars that emit 75g/km CO2 or less are exempt from the London Congestion Charge, with potential savings of over £2500 for the employee.

Lower charges will be available in the Clean Air Zones (CAZ) being rolled out in cities throughout the UK, as well as the Ultra-Low Emission Zone in London.

Is home EV charging an option for my fleet?

Fleet managers may want to consider the option of offering home EV chargers to their employees.

The utilisation of home chargers can reduce usage and load on workplace chargers. Home chargers are also much more convenient for staff members.

If the company is paying per mile or for the whole charge, it may be classed as a ‘Benefit In Kind’ company tax for the employee.

There is a £500 grant available from OLEV for workplace charging, but there are several aspects the business needs to comply with to qualify for the grant. These aspects include; the parking location, the type of cars, the charge point provider and the charge point installer.

Who can I speak to for EV fleet support?

There are a number of useful online sources that can provide guidance on the decision-making process of switching to a green fleet, such as:

The Energy Saving Trust
OLEV
Go Ultra Low

How will a fleet of EVs affect costs?

The overall costs of EVs should be taken into account by fleet managers. This includes; vehicle insurance and the cost of charging vehicles.

Should my business buy or lease electric vehicles?

Most companies prefer to lease the vehicles, thus removing any uncertainty about the vehicle resale value.

Should I introduce an EV fleet policy?

If a business decides to offer EVs on a permanent basis, it will need a fleet policy.

Fleet managers may need to consider offering incentives for staff members who choose to drive an EV.

Organisations may wish to conduct some trials with EVs to ensure that they meet company and employee expectations.

How can I ensure there is an efficient use of an EV fleet?

Fleet managers should provide employees with detailed information about EVs, how they work, and how far they can travel.

Also, the charging capabilities of the vehicles and the mileage the drivers can expect to achieve should be matched, to ensure efficient use of the fleet.

Fleet managers should also take into account the areas where the employees live as some of them may need to be prioritised for low emission or congestion charging zones.

Will drivers need any training for electric vehicles?

First-time drivers of EVs will need minimal support when they make the switch to an EV.

If the driver has only driven vehicles with a manual transmission, they will need to get used to driving an automatic, which is simple and has a shallow learning curve.

Small considerations need to be made when driving, such as being aware that pedestrians may not hear the vehicle while it is moving slowly as there is no engine noise.

What are the possible charging issues with EVs?

Fleet managers need to ensure that the right charging infrastructure is available for electric vehicles.

Chargers should be reliable and cost-effective in order to easily facilitate growth as demand increases.

When employees travel further afield, fleet managers should ensure they have access to the network of public charge points currently available in the UK.

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