Choosing a company car isn’t as simple as picking the smartest, the one that goes furthest on a single charge, or the coolest-looking car. There are many things to think about before making your choice.
So, what should you consider when moving your fleet to the electric world?
Company car tax depends on how much you earn, the cost of the car and the amount of CO2 emissions. The higher these figures, the more tax there is to pay.
For the 2020/21 tax year, all electric cars are eligible for a 0% tax rate, with this rising to 2% in the 22/23 tax year. So it makes sense to reduce your tax liability and choose an electric car for your company car. Not only is it good for the environment, but it’s good for your pocket too.
When it comes to choosing which electric company car you should go for, there’s lots to consider. Here are our picks for the best options.
Tesla Model 3
With more and more models coming to market from Tesla, each with their own benefits and unique hi-tech features, we could have included every model on this list.
The Model 3 is entry level but given that its suite of impressive features is shared with the more expensive Tesla models, we’d say that this is misleading.
Ideal for those who want to avoid range anxiety, the Model 3 has a range of 254 miles, with a dual motor version available with an increased range of 329 miles. A trip from Leeds to London should be no problem at sensible speeds.
The Tesla Model 3 achieves 0-60 in just 5.3 seconds, so while not the fastest EV to 60, it’s still very capable.
With capable speed and range, the Tesla also boasts the Autopilot drive assistance system, which is perfect for those who face mid-range commutes and business journeys regularly.
With a broad pallet of colours available, it’s easy to see how Tesla is the first choice for an electric car for many.
With striking, up to date looks, the ID.3 achieves the right blend of modern and futuristic without falling into the trap of trying to make it look like it belongs in the Blade Runner franchise.
The ID.3 continues VW’s lineage of quality and strong handling, with the engineers giving the car 50:50 weight distribution. The ID.3 also scores well in terms of range, with the smaller battery rated to achieved 260 miles and the larger 340 miles. And while you might not be worrying any Tesla drivers at the traffic lights, the ID.3 still unleashes its 229lb ft of torque with the sort of immediacy EV drivers are coming to expect, propelling you to 60 mph in around 7 seconds.
So, a decent range and competent performance, coupled with attractive looks and build quality – the VW ID.3 has definitely made its case for being included in our list.
If you were to take a quick drive around a business park today, you’d likely see a great number of BMW i3s – and for good reason! The days of Directors flexing their muscles over engine size and wood trim combinations are thankfully drawing to an end, with the realisation setting in that a smartly equipped EV can do everything the old smokers used to be so revered for.
Using the latest in materials, the automotive geniuses at BMW have developed the i3 using a Formula One grade carbon fibre construction, coupled with cutting edge styling to create the perfect city car or short distance commuter.
With the distinctive BMW grill up front, now complemented with blue accents to ensure everyone knows you have an EV, the BMW looks smart and modern.
The BMW is nimble, making it the ideal city companion. Its small stature allows for straightforward parking and manoeuvring through traffic, and its eight second 0-60 time will ensure you’re not left dawdling at the traffic lights. The interior maximises the space available creating a roomy feel, enough to make longer trips comfortable, or the time spent inevitably stuck in city traffic.
With a superb turning circle, attractive aesthetics and the build quality and construction that BMW drivers have come to expect, the i3 make a great companion for those looking to make smaller journeys and regular city drives.
Boasting iconic good looks and a can-do everything attitude, the Mini has always had a special place in the public’s hearts.
Where the Mini differs from some cars on this list, is that from a glance, it appears to look the same as its combustion engine siblings. There’s no odd, futuristic body shape, or strange filler cap placement and even the interior, while looking incredibly smart doesn’t look to have changed much.
The Mini Electric also manages to carry over the legendry Mini performance, keeping pace with the Mini Cooper achieving a 0-60 in around 7 seconds and handling well on most road types. Charging is swift, with an 80% achieved in 35 minutes on the more regularly found 50kW charging stations.
As with all EVs it’s application that needs careful consideration, with range still a challenge for those that do frequent mile munching. With that said the Mini Electric achieves a 140-mile range, which for most commuters is plenty.
So with once-controversial looks that have now reached icon status, married to sensible features and a good EV performance, the Mini Electric is ideal for those with a shorter commute.
Which electric company car would you choose?