Time to discover electric vehicles!
Over a third of all commuters in the Netherlands are considering switching to an electric vehicle. Does your company also want to contribute to climate objectives? Getting more employees to drive electric vehicles could be the answer. Electric vehicles:
- are good for the environment
- are low-cost
- make sure your company is future-proof
- are wonderfully quiet.
Following the ‘Discover the e-bike’ campaign, Zuid-Limburg Bereikbaar programme office is working on a new one: ‘Discover the e-car’. If you're interested, please send an e-mail to the project leader.
More e-cars and charging points
The number of electric vehicles is on the rise in the Netherlands, for both personal and business use. There were 163,000 registered e-car users in September 2019. In the coming years, the number of electric vehicles and charging points is expected to rise sharply. You can check rvo.nl to see the current state of affairs. The question for companies is: when does it make sense to start installing charging points of your own? What are the benefits and how long does it take to recoup your investment?
More and more employers are installing charging points for electric vehicles for both visitors and employees. A statement in the Dutch Draft Climate Agreement also touches on this topic:
'Given that more than half of all kilometres driven on Dutch roads are attributable to commuters, employers play an important role in making mobility more sustainable. The agreements with employers aim to increase the number of employers committed to reducing work-related traffic emissions and scaling up and rolling out best practices.'
Revenue model of charging infrastructure
Charging points have a quick return on investment, often as short as five years, due to the difference in the wholesale rate employers pay for electricity (often €0.06/kWh) and the rate charged to users (e.g. €0.24).
If the investment exceeds €2,500, you may be eligible for a grant as part of the Environmental Investment Allowance (MIA). In some cases, this grant can amount to 36% of the investment amount, on top of your standard investment allowance. The Arbitrary Depreciation of Investment in Environmental Equipment (VAMIL) allows you to deduct 75% of the investment costs when you want, and provides a liquidity and interest advantage.