Charging e-cars at work: you need to know that!
What does charging at work do for the environment?
But how does charging work at work? What do employees and employers need to know? Here are answers to the most important questions about charging electric cars at work.
For whom does charging at work make sense?
A charging facility for electric cars and plug-in hybrids in the company can be useful for both employees and employers. Those who drive the car can commute to work with a clear conscience and have solved an annoying problem: the search for a charging connection. In addition, the tapped electricity is usually not free, but reasonably cheap.
Companies, on the other hand, can possibly save money with more electric company cars or even a complete electric fleet in view of electric purchase premiums and horrendous fuel prices. In addition, they can cultivate their image – keyword sustainability – and possibly recruit particularly qualified employees. If they also offer their charging stations for public use, they may even be partially refinanced.
What can workers do to charge at work?
Employees have no legal right to charging at work, even if they drive an electric car privately. Instead, they should talk to colleagues, sound out interest and then make representations to the boss or the manager. Since probably not every e-car has to be charged every day, one or a few charging points for several vehicles may be sufficient.
How should employers proceed?
What kind of charging station should it be?
How much does electricity cost when charging at work?
How is the billing done?
Companies can either deduct the payment from their employees’ monthly wages or salaries, or they can issue separate invoices. With contract-based charging, charging processes are simply started using the charging card and billed according to the desired tariff. Direct payment works with an NFC-enabled debit/credit card.
What are the tax benefits of charging at work?
If the employee pays money out of his own pocket for charging with an electric company car, the tax office allows a flat-rate reimbursement of expenses. Without an available charging device at the workplace, the monthly tax-free flat rate until the end of 2030 is 70 euros for an electric car and 35 euros for a plug-in hybrid. With a charging option at the workplace, it is 30 euros or 15 euros per month. However, the employer can also reimburse the actual costs as a tax-free reimbursement of expenses (§ 3 No. 50 EStG) instead of using the flat rate if the employee can prove the costs with receipts.