The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has ordered 500 Nissan Leafs through its offshoot NHS Fleet Solutions. The electric cars will be made available to healthcare staff and other public sector employees as part of a leasing program via deferred compensation.
Early last year, the NHS added 700 all-electric Jaguar I-Paces followed by 350 Nissan Leafs that summer. The vehicles can always be leased over a three-year period via deferred compensation. By taking the benefit in kind instead of part of their salary, employees have to pay less tax and social security. The government does levy a benefit-in-kind tax on cars in such cases, but the current rate for electric vehicles is only one per cent, they say.
The UK’s health service has set a target of reducing its CO2 emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. In the public sector, the NHS is the largest emitter of carbon dioxide. According to earlier reports, it is responsible for as much as 5.4 per cent of CO2 emissions nationwide.