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Electric cars too expensive? Also consider private leasing

June 2, 2023

You’ve probably read it in the news: new cars are expensive. Fuel-engine cars are expensive due to the high emissions tax levied on them by the government. Electric cars are not subject to that tax, but they are again expensive because of the new technology on board. Fortunately, you don’t necessarily have to tap the purchase price all at once. If you lease an electric car, all you pay is a fixed monthly fee, which includes everything except the cost of charging and any traffic fines. Not wrong, right?

Private lease: more choice than you think

The disadvantage of leasing a car is sometimes cited as the limited freedom to choose the make and type of car. Yet it certainly does not have to be that way. For example, a provider such as Justlease has the largest private lease offering in the Netherlands. They offer not only brand new cars, but also used cars. So there is always something for you.

In addition to the wide range of cars available, there is even more choice with private leasing. This is because you can largely decide how long the lease contract runs and how many miles you can drive the car. So there is always a private lease contract that fits your situation. Furthermore, Justlease is affiliated with the Private Lease Quality Mark, so you can be sure that you are dealing with a reliable provider.

SEPP subsidy also for private lease

Moreover, private leasing an electric car can be even more advantageous, thanks to the government subsidy for buying an electric car. That’s the Electric Passenger Car Subsidy Scheme for Individuals, also known as SEPP for short. That electric car subsidyis 2,950 euros for new cars and 2,000 euros for used cars. To apply for the subsidy, however, there are some requirements that the car must meet.

For example, the WLTP range must be at least 120 km and the list price must be between 12,000 and 45,000 euros. For a used electric car, the original list price should be in between. Furthermore, you can apply for the subsidy only for cars registered in your name on or after Jan. 1, 2023. Also, the car must remain in your name for at least three years. This way the government prevents you from getting the subsidy and then selling the car again.