Submitted by paullindsay on March 12, 2017
Does anyone in the UK who intends on buying a new Tesla relise how the new road taxation scales will effect them and also anyone who presently owns one and is thinking of selling it and how the new taxation will effect them?
As it stands from the 1st April anyone buying a new car costing £40000 and over will have to cough up a premium rate of £310 road tax. Bearing in mind if i wanted to buy a new Tesla after the 1st April of this year, because the car costs over £40000 regardless of it being all electric i would still have to pay £310 road tax every year for five years but of course we know tis will go up every year with the rate of inflation.
At the moment anyone who already owns a Tesla in the UK before the 1st April will not be effected so presently i pay zero road tax because it's all electric with zero emissions and because we had a cash incentive by our government for taking the plunge in investing in an electric car.
My question is this, when i come to sell my car in three years who will want to pay the crippling road tax that they will have inherited. It also raises the question of the £40000 price tag, i don't think even the Tesla 3 will come under the £40000 mark and if by some miracle it does, lets not forget about any extras you might think esssential that will tip you over the £40000 price tag plus the £140 road tax per year where as previously it was zero.
The implications of the £40000 upper price limit is going to effect so many car manufacturers when it comes to pricing and all the little extras we love to include which boosts the price up, and it will certainly put off buyers from purchasing a £40000 plus vehicle when they try to include extras and find out it's put them over the threshold.
I'm very dissapointed about the way our government is treating the EV motorist with such contempt.This implication of new road tax rates is just another way of sneaking in new tax rises of which a tiny fraction will go back into the road infrastructure.
This tax is going to be hugely unpopular with the motorist and it certainly makes it less appealing owning an electric vehicle.
A very sad day for me and a retrograde step back for electric vehicles.