Vehicle fleet operators have the opportunity to produce this energy directly on-site, for instance with their own photovoltaic (PV) installations. And the range of vehicles available is continuously growing. Over 130 models in total now qualify for the electric car subsidy from the German government, including passenger cars from BMW, Citroën, Ford, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Renault, smart, Tesla and VW. The complete list of the vehicles that are eligible for subsidies is available for download at www.bafa.de. New models are appearing on the market each month, with a wide variety of vehicles already available in all price ranges.
In regular operation, e-fleets offer clear advantages through the simple combination of e-mobility and PV power generated on-site: Combining e-mobility and PV installations helps to optimize the load profile of operation and avoid load peaks, thereby reducing costs. In addition, company fleets can be charged at low cost and at prices which are calculable over the long term, and they also substantially contribute to a comprehensive corporate sustainability strategy.
Electric company fleets also offer a wide range of tax advantages as well as employee benefits since employees can charge their electric vehicles tax-free on the company premises. Both electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles, regardless of whether they are company cars or employees’ private vehicles, can be charged at a charging station on the company premises without this qualifying as a cash benefit from a tax perspective. This also applies to the provision of a charging port (wall box) and subsidy payment for employees to charge their cars in their garages at home. This works on the basis that the financial advantages are rendered in addition to the regular salary. Until 2030, electric company cars can be taxed at just 0.5 percent of the list price (as a financial advantage) – just half of the normal tax burden. For example, as a company car, an electric smart fortwo would only have to be taxed at around 100 euro per month.
On November 4, 2019, the German state and car manufacturers agreed on innovations that will further boost sales of new electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. The so-called environmental bonus is still being granted, half by the car manufacturers (own share) and half by a federal grant (government share). There is a funding of 6,000 euros for electric vehicles up to a net list price of 40,000 euros. This increases the grant by 50%. For plug-in hybrids, the funding amount in the same price segment increases from 3,000 euros to 4,500 euros. For a new car from 40,000 euros net list price, there is a 5,000 euros bonus for an electric car and 3,750 euros for a plug-in hybrid. Funding is no longer granted from a new price of 65,000 euros.
Published by Power2Drive and produced in cooperation with The Mobility House, the “Charging Your E-Fleet”guide gives a comprehensive overview of charging fleets, explains the basics of power grids, charging technologies and legal frameworks, and it provides information on billing models, operating costs, procurement criteria and installation. “The guide helps fleet managers and companies get started with e-mobility. Using real-life examples, we show the added value of smart charging for fleets and provide participants with valuable tips for planning and implementing the right charging infrastructure,” explains Stefan Baumann, Key Account Manager at The Mobility House.