New Tax Brackets Could Hurt Electric Car Sales In UK
UK is one of the largest plug-in car markets in Europe with 36,917 new passenger plug-in registrations in 2016. That number include 24,714 PHEVs.
According to Autoexpress, new car tax brackets that will be introduced in April will limit exemptions:
“The government’s new car tax brackets will move 66% of the available alternatively fuelled vehicles from road tax exemption to being subject to a £130 flat rate annual fee.”
The good news is that zero-emission models (all-electric or hydrogen fuel cells) will still be exempted, as long as the price is below £40,000.
“Unlike the current system, where low-emission petrol and diesel cars are tax exempt, the new VED system will only be free for vehicles with no tailpipe emissions – that means electric and hydrogen cars only. That’s not all though, as there’s a new five-year supplement to pay for cars costing more than £40,000, which will be priced at £310.”
“Cars registered after April 1st 2017 will pay a one-off tax charge for the first year, with rates decided by a heavily revised version of the current CO2-based tax band system.
The adjustments mean most buyers will see their first year tax charge virtually doubled, while only zero-emissions vehicles will get away with paying nothing at all.
From the second year onwards, the CO2 scale becomes irrelevant, as two flat rates will then be applied – a £0 (zero) VED rate for zero-emissions vehicles only, and a flat annual rate of £140 for all other cars.
While cars costing over £40,000 will also be liable for the £140 VED rate from year two, they will also be forced to pay an additional annual ‘supplement’ of £310 for the first five years.
That means expensive £40k+ zero-emissions cars will no longer get away with a free ride, as they’ll have to pay the £310 supplement. Everything else in the £40k+ bracket will pay £450 a year (£310 supplement + £140 flat rate) until that five-year period is over and they revert to the £140 flat rate.”
Plug-in hybrids – Emissions 1-50 (g/km of CO2): £130 after first year
Plug-in hybrids – Emissions 51-75 (g/km of CO2): £15 in the first year and £130 thereafter
Plug-in hybrids – Emissions 76-90 (g/km of CO2): £90 in the first year and £130 thereafter
* Cars above £40,000 pay £310 annual supplement for five years