Is an e-car worthwhile in the fleet? These 5 reasons speak for e-vehicles in the fleet

An electric car is worthwhile for the fleet for various reasons
An electric car is worthwhile for the fleet for various reasons

On the road to a sustainable future, electric mobility in the vehicle fleet is increasingly coming into focus. The subsidies and tax benefits offered by the German government in recent years have provided companies with an even greater incentive to opt for e-mobility. Even though only private individuals have been eligible for subsidies since September 1, 2023, e-cars are still a good choice for fleets. With a share of 59%, they are strongly represented in German fleets according to the DAT Barometer 2024.

In this article, we would like to present five convincing reasons why an electric car is worthwhile as a company car for your fleet, why they can be the ideal solution for your operational requirements and how they contribute to a sustainable, future-oriented fleet.

Reason 1: Electric cars require little maintenance and are therefore cost-efficient

A major advantage of electric cars as company cars is their lower maintenance intensity compared to conventional combustion vehicles. The reason for this is their simpler design, as they do not contain any components that are susceptible to wear and require high maintenance, such as the transmission, clutch, catalytic converter, fuel tank or alternator. There is also no need to change the oil. As the Institut für Automobilwirtschaft (IFA) has calculated, inspections for electric vehicles are up to 35% cheaper on average.

The cost-effectiveness of e-cars also depends on annual mileage. Here, the so-called Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) can serve you as a reliable benchmark to measure the cost savings. Here, the energy costs are included and evaluated in the TCO procedure, taking into account the specific energy consumption of the vehicle, the fuel price and the electricity tariff. Additional factors such as vehicle tax and the cost of maintenance and repairs are also included in the overall calculation. If you look at these figures and compare them with the consumption values of combustion vehicles, you will see that the economy of the e-car stands out positively.

Another plus is that the exemption from taxation for electric vehicles will continue until December 31, 2030, which adds to the savings. Plug-in hybrids, on the other hand, are not exempt; as is usual for internal combustion vehicles, the tax is calculated on the basis of engine displacement and CO2 emissions.

The fact that an electric car is worthwhile for the fleet is, among other things, due to lower maintenance costs
Even though electric cars require less maintenance, regular servicing is still important to check the brakes, brake fluid, tires, steering, air conditioning, and charging ports for roadworthiness.

Reason 2: Electric cars are ideal as pool vehicles in the fleet

A great way to leverage the economics of electric vehicles in the fleet is through their use as pool vehicles in corporate carsharing. Our research projects Shared eFleets and eMobility-Scout have shown that e-cars achieve excellent results, particularly in sharing concepts.

Compared to a personal company car, pool vehicles are shared by employees. Flexible use makes it possible to optimize vehicle utilization and minimize unnecessary downtime. This allows the Number of vehicles reduced and costs lowered become. The clever integration of electric vehicles in a car-sharing concept can also further reduce emissions that are harmful to the environment. An e-car is therefore particularly worthwhile if you are planning to integrate pool vehicles or already have sharing vehicles in your fleet.

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Reason 3: An e-car pays off thanks to high mileage and advanced battery technology

Electromobility technology has made considerable progress in recent years, particularly in the area of batteries. Battery capacities used to be limited, but thanks to the latest generation of lithium-ion batteries, electric vehicles now have a significantly longer service life.

With continuous further development, batteries are becoming larger and more powerful. Modern electric cars generally last at least 1,000 charging cycles before battery replacement needs to be considered. The increased performance of the batteries not only has a positive effect on the range of the vehicle, but also on its service life. A more powerful battery needs to be charged with electricity less often, ages more slowly and thus maintains a high range reserve for longer.

Improved battery technology is also contributing to the attractiveness of electric vehicles on the used car market. While first-generation vehicles often had a higher residual value loss, newer models are more stable in value. This means that an electric car is now also an economically interesting option for your fleet in the long term. The high mileage and advanced battery technology make electric cars reliable companions that also score in terms of long-term use. Worries about limited battery life are a thing of the past.

Reason 4: Electric cars create a greener future and strengthen corporate image

An electric car is not only economically worthwhile, it also sends a clear signal for more sustainable and environmentally friendly corporate mobility. More and more companies are recognizing their responsibility and are taking measures to convert their vehicle fleet to electromobility, perhaps with their own charging infrastructure, or have already successfully started this process.

This environmentally conscious approach is not only good for the environment, but also brings positive effects for your corporate image. Customers, employees and business partners appreciate companies that actively contribute to promoting climate protection and are committed to sustainable solutions. Using electric cars in your fleet conveys a strong statement and shows that your company is leading by example. So by using electric cars, you are not only contributing to sustainability, but also showing your vision and willingness to innovate.

The ecological footprint of an electric vehicle is better than that of comparable vehicles with internal combustion engines
Battery production is currently very resource-intensive, but numerous research projects are exploring alternatives. Among them is the Fraunhofer Institute, which is working on a sodium-nickel-chloride battery that is intended to be completely lithium-free.

Reason 5: Earn money with e-vehicles thanks to GHG quota

An exciting opportunity to maximize the cost-effectiveness of electric vehicles in the fleet lies in trading what is known as the GHG ratio. But what is actually behind this concept and how can you earn extra money through it?

The abbreviation GHG quota stands for greenhouse gas reduction quota, which was set by the government in order to reduce environmentally harmful emissions in the transport sector and make a contribution to climate protection. Oil companies that sell fossil fuels such as petrol or diesel are obliged to offset their greenhouse gas emissions. But they can purchase so-called emission certificates from companies, that offer low-emission and emission-free fuels. Since 2022 private and commercial owners of fully electric vehicles can buy the CO₂ they save in the form of certificates.

This allows you to apply for the GHG premium once per calendar year for each e-vehicle in your fleet and earn several hundred euros a year. The certificates are applied for and resold via special service providers.

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