Fiscal Break for Electric Cars May be Maintained
THE HAGUE, 03/09/13 - Finance State Secretary Frans Weekers is prepared to allow the existing fiscal stimulus for electric cars to continue.
Drivers of company cars must count a percentage of the value of the car as taxable income. Currently, a special rate of 0 applies for electric cars. Under current planning, this will go up from 0 percent to 7 percent from 3014, but there is much resistance to this plan.
Weekers is prepared to make concessions. “It is possible to discuss a scheme with me, but then something else on the budget will have to be scrapped. It must be simpler and may not be more expensive,” says the state secretary.
Auto sector lobby organisations RAI and Bovag fear that the sale of the cars will drop sharply with a tax rate above zero. The cares are still interesting now for business drivers due to the zero rate, but the market will “grind to a complete halt” in case of an increase to 7 percent, according to RAI.
At the beginning of this year, 1 percent of the Dutch car-fleet consisted of hybrids (electric and fuel) or ran fully on electricity, according to the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS).