Dutch run on electric company cars
Sub-50.000 euros booming
The result is that company car buyers want their new electric car delivered as soon as possible. Sub-50.000 euros models, like the Kia e-Niro and Hyundai Kona, are booming. Sales of electric vehicles have doubled in the first half of 2019. While in the first half of 2018, 7.945 of them were sold, they now total 17.266 sales. That’s 7,6% of the total market, against 3,1% in H1 2018.
“We have 7.500 orders for the electric Hyundai Kona, but we can only deliver 5.000 this year,” says the spokesman for Hyundai Motor Netherlands. “We’ll get more cars next year, but that doesn’t benefit the consumer. He wants to have a car with a low company car tax now and is buying it from a company that can deliver immediately.
One of those brands is Tesla. “A Model 3 you order now, can be delivered next month,” a Tesla spokesman says. Only the base version of the Model 3 is priced below 50.000 euros and can benefit from the 4% ‘bijtelling’.
Sector federations and Hyundai Motor Netherlands are not happy about the plans that – according to them – contradict earlier promises. Sector federation Bovag said there was “an agreement set in stone” between the political world and the automotive sector. “Based on this agreement, car importers and dealers have ordered their cars for 2020,” Says Bovag spokesman, Tom Huyskens.
“We get that measures are needed to limit the overstimulation of the electric car market, but the cabinet can’t change the rules right before injury time. That is confusing, and it disrupts the market. Everyone wants their electric car before January 1st, but often, that’s not possible.”
Tesla Netherlands denies it sees a change in sales due to the changing taxation. “We have seen strong demand for the Model 3 since deliveries started at the beginning of this year. This hasn’t changed because of external factors.”
Dutch top-5 of the most popular electric models in the first half of 2019:
Tesla Model 3: 6.063
Hyundai Kona: 2.363
KIA Niro: 1.789
Volkswagen Golf: 1.670
Nissan Leaf: 1.538