Lease drivers will be confronted with a new addition rate for fully electric cars from 1 January. This goes from 4 percent to 8 percent. In addition, the addition will soon apply to vehicles up to 45,000 euros, while this is now still 50,000 euros. This may result in a new run on electric cars next month. Which brands can meet that possible demand? An overview.
By getting an electric car on license plate in December, a lease driver can therefore benefit from a 4 percent addition for another five years. That pays off, since the addition rate for fully electric cars will slowly but surely be brought into line with that for regular vehicles in the coming years.
For 2020 an 8 percent additional tax applies, the following year a rate of 12 percent awaits. In 2026 you charge the same 22 percent for electric vehicles as you already do for cars with combustion engines.
Addition rules up to and including 2026
- 2019: 4 percent on electric cars up to 50,000 euros
- 2020: 8 percent on electric cars up to 45,000 euros
- 2021: 12 percent on electric cars up to 40,000 euros
- 2022: 16 percent on electric cars up to 40,000 euros
- 2023: 16 percent on electric cars up to 40,000 euros
- 2024: 16 percent on electric cars up to 40,000 euros
- 2025: 17 percent on electric cars up to 40,000 euros
- 2026: 26 percent
We saw what a change in the addition tax could bring last year, in the run-up to the introduction of a maximum amount to which 4 percent applied. In December 2018, the expensive Jaguar I-Pace was suddenly the best-selling car in the Netherlands, with the more or less equally priced Tesla Model S at number two. The Tesla Model X, a car that usually also costs around 100,000 euros, achieved a top five rating.
The number of registrations of the aforementioned models fell sharply after the end of the year. Up to and including October this year, Jaguar managed to put 253 copies of the I-Pace on license plate, while there were 3,526 left over 2018. At Tesla, the decline in sales for the Model S and Model X is even clearer.
Apart from the Hyundai Kona Electric and the sister model of Kia, the e-Niro, many electric cars are now available fairly quickly or even from stock, which means that ordering now would mean that the car was on license plate before the end of the year and therefore qualifies for a 4 percent additional tax.
Last December the Jaguar I-Pace and the Tesla Model S were suddenly on one and two in the sales list. (Photo: AutoWeek)
"No plans to tinker with price"
At Nissan, they say it's no problem to deliver cars on time. Both the Leaf with the battery package of 40 kWh and that of 60 kWh are available and also available for less than 45,000 euros. The Leaf + in Tekna version is more expensive, but according to Nissan there are currently "no plans to tinker with the price" to get it below the magic limit of € 45,000 for 2020.
The BMW i3 will also be on time in the driveway, PR manager Andrew Mason assured. "The market is developing to a large extent as we had anticipated, which means that we are well prepared for increasing demand. In other words, delivery times are short. In addition, we have our production and delivery processes well organized and all 52 dealer locations are more than capable of to guide customers in this. "
Mason is not yet able to say whether BMW is going to do something with the prices to ensure that the i3S in 2020 will also fall below 45,000 euros (that is currently € 45,995).
Both versions of the Nissan Leaf are still available on time. (Photo: Nissan)
Model 3 no longer in stock
The new Renault Zoe, presented earlier this year, will be available this year, just like Opel's veteran, the Ampera-E. The same applies to the Volkswagen e-Golf. Although the German brand has now also revealed the fully electric ID.3, the e-Golf will remain in production until the middle of next year, says PR manager Luuk Hoogezand. For the ID.3, the addition rate will be 8 percent anyway, because this car will only be available after the end of this year.
Those who still want a Hyundai IONIQ Electric must be fast: only a few copies are left at the dealers. There are no more cars in stock for the Tesla Model 3. The Tesla Model S and Model X are still there, but the financial benefit is less there anyway, since the low additional tax rate only applies to the first 50,000 euros (later 45,000).
This does not prevent the more expensive brands from emphasizing the advantage that remains. Ard van den Eijnde, PR manager at Audi, says that in addition to the 55 version, also that the new and less expensive 50 Quattro version of the e-tron is available before the end of the year.
"All copies of the new entry-level model, the e-tron 50 quattro, which debuted last August, were sold in barely two months. Reason for Audi to bring extra e-trons 50 and 55 to the Netherlands. They will be available this year so with only 4 percent tax addition. "
The e-tron 50 Quattro comes less far than the 55 version. (Photo: AutoWeek)