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Budget 2013: Reaction from Nissan

Date: 20 March 2013   |   Author: Jack Carfrae

Jon Pollock, Nissan's corporate sales director, was: "Delighted that Benefit In Kind tax levels on electric vehicles from April 2015 will be 5% of its P11D price in 2015/16 rather than 13% as previously announced.

"A 20% tax paying [electric vehicle] driver will pay £284 per annum or just £24 per month in company car tax and a 40% tax payer £569 per year or just £47 per month. This compares very favourably with competing five-door diesel cars.

"The Budget announcement means that by keeping BIK rates for company EV drivers at the lowest rate, more will look to choose an EV as their next company car.

"This should increase EV sales, at the same time as helping bring down emission levels which is a priority both for companies meeting their corporate CSR objectives and for cities such as London to meet future EU emission targets.

"It will also help encourage companies to add [EVs] to car choice lists again, as they can plan their company car strategy in the knowledge their drivers won't take delivery of an EV and then immediately receive a massive hike in their personal BIK tax rates after April 2015."