Fleet Alliance launches low cost salary sacrifice scheme for SMEs

Fleet Alliance has launched a brand-new salary sacrifice scheme to allow small and medium-sized businesses to offer their employees zero-emission electric cars at attractive rates.

The scheme will also allow SMEs to cut their carbon footprint and better manage their grey fleet risk. While available to fleets of all sizes, the scheme offers particular value to SMEs who may not necessarily be aware of the benefits of this type of arrangement.

The scheme is an ideal way to provide employees who would not normally qualify for a company car – or those who have opted out in favour of a cash allowance – with ready, cost-effective access to fully maintained, zero-emission vehicles at no extra cost to the business.

The new scheme also offers employers complete freedom to tailor the lifestyle protection typically associated with salary sacrifice to their own circumstances, which reduces costs yet further enabling them to deliver greater savings to their employees

And Fleet Alliance is also providing access to e-Fleet, its acclaimed fleet management system, free of charge to salary sacrifice customers to help them manage their fleet administration.

According to Fleet Alliance, the current automotive environment – with a growing national trend towards electric, zero-emission vehicles – is perfect timing for the launch. As a result, the new scheme will deliver monthly savings running into hundreds of pounds for employees who select electric cars, thanks to the Government’s tax breaks for EVs which heavily incentivise zero-emission models ahead of its 2030 ban on the sale of new vehicles powered solely by petrol or diesel.

Martin Brown, Managing Director of Fleet Alliance, commented: “We believe our new salary sacrifice scheme offers benefits for businesses of all sizes.

“But we believe it will resonate especially with SMEs for whom this type of scheme has not been widely available. Its advantages of lower leasing costs, full maintenance, fully comprehensive insurance and the option to tailor lifestyle protection offer particular value to SMEs.

“We believe now is the perfect time to launch such a scheme for all our customers and prospects as it takes maximum advantage of the prevailing tax regimes and the growing movement to electrification.

“And it provides an excellent opportunity to reduce your company’s carbon footprint and provide employees with a brand-new electric vehicle at minimal benefit-in-kind impact.

“To demonstrate its effectiveness, we provide exclusive access to our easy-to-use online calculator that helps demonstrate the savings potential available to both employers and employees for all new models available.

“As a business, we are fully committed to being zero-emission by 2030 and we know that many of our customers have made, or are moving towards, the same commitment. This new scheme will play a valuable role in helping them achieve that objective.”

To underline the cost savings that can be achieved by going electric through the new scheme, the monthly salary sacrifice rates for the new Volkswagen ID.3 electric car are compared to the Personal Contract Hire (PCH) rates for the same model:

Under the new salary sacrifice scheme, the new ID.3 would cost a 20% taxpayer £365 per month compared to £566 for the same vehicle under a PCH scheme.

That’s a monthly saving of £201, achieved through savings in Income Tax, National Insurance Contributions (NIC) and Value Added Tax (VAT), offset marginally by a small Benefit-in-Kind (BIK) tax charge.

The monthly cost-saving is greater still with the Tesla Model 3. A 40% taxpayer would pay £550 per month under the Fleet Alliance salary sacrifice scheme, compared to a PCH cost of £973 – a saving of £423 per month.

Under the Fleet Alliance scheme, the employee effectively leases the car for two, three or four years with no deposit, and all costs, including maintenance, Vehicle Excise Duty, insurance and breakdown cover, included within the employee’s monthly salary sacrifice.

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