Car tax changes: Experts warn ‘tax will have to go up’ on electric cars at a ‘later stage’

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Chris Pateman-Jones, spokesperson for Connected Kwrb said tax “will have to go up” for electric cars in time but warned this could not be done too early. He said increasing charges could run the risk of “disenfranchising people” and encourage them against EV adoption.

He said: “I think there is scope for some taxes on EV’s.

“At the moment you’re looking at four, maximum five pence per mile to drive an EV relative to anywhere between 18 and 23p to drive an internal combustion engine car.

“There is scope certainly to add some taxes to it.

“It’s just you don’t want to do it too early and disenfranchise people.”

He added: “I do think that tax will have to go up on EV’s but at a later stage.

“But I think that’s probably at [a later date] when you consider the gap in terms of operating costs and cost per mile as it already is.”

Analysis by DriveElectric shows running an electric vehicle can be considerably cheaper than a petrol and diesel vehicle.

Charging a Hyundai Kona Electric would cost around £28 per month or £340 per year.

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They warn the petrol model would set drivers back around £118 per month or £1,421.

Petrol and diesel owners are also forced to pay Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) and fuel duty rates on each top-up.

No such fees exist for electric vehicle owners while they are also exempt from many Clean Air Zone charges.

Any changes to tax rates for electric vehicles have not yet been confirmed.

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