Tusker joins calls for reduced VAT on public EV charging

28th Apr 2023

Tusker joins calls for reduced VAT on public EV charging

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Electric vehicle leasing firmTusker has put its support behind the FairCharge campaign, which was started by motoring journalist Quentin Willson and calls for reduced VAT on public EV charging to help make UK electrification fairer and more affordable.

EV drivers pay 20% VAT on any electricity supplied by an on-street, public charger, while those with home charging pay just 5%. FairCharge is campaigning for the Government to lower the cost of public charging which unfairly disadvantages the 38% of households without driveways or private parking.

As the UK’s leading salary sacrifice car benefits provider, which has been fully carbon neutral for more than a decade, with a fleet of more than 16,000 electric vehicles, Tusker is a keen advocate of sustainable and affordable EV motoring for all. In partnering with FairCharge, Tusker seeks to ensure no motorist is treated unfairly when it comes to the cost of charging – no matter where they live.

Paul Gilshan, Tusker’s CEO said: “Tusker’s aim is to help the UK drive a better car - by providing everyone with an affordable way to drive electric. We are aware of the charging inequality that exists between those with and without access to home-charging as while EVs are now often more affordable to drive than petrol or diesel equivalents, it is unfair that some drivers are penalised by higher VAT rates simply because they rely on the public charging network.”

Charge point operators have indicated to FairCharge that any VAT reduction will be passed directly to consumers. Tusker is fully behind this campaign, highlighting that changes to the tax on public charging could make a huge difference in encouraging drivers to switch ahead of the 2030 deadline on new car and van sales. FairCharge believes the higher rate of VAT is becoming a growing disincentive to drivers to make the switch and may even be incorrectly applied by HMRC.

Quentin Willson, founder of FairCharge, said: “Unfair VAT rates on public charging are slowing down EV adoption and creating social barriers between those with driveways and those without. If this government is serious about UK electrification it simply must end this archaic and divisive tax anomaly. I’ve known and respected Tusker for many years and am delighted they’re joining our campaign to make EVs more for affordable for everybody. Lowering the UK’s transport and energy costs is critical, and I look forward to working with Tusker to help bring them down together.”


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