To coincide with changes to Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) for cars first registered on or after 1st April 2017, independent accountancy firm Campbell Dallas is highlighting the green business benefits of ‘thinking electric’ after acquiring two electric cars for pooled staff use.

The new VED rates could see the tax on some cars, including hybrids, rising by more than 2,000%. However, zero emission electric vehicles costing less than £40,000 will remain tax free, and could also qualify for a government grant of up to £4,500.

Veronica Donnelly of Campbell Dallas Glasgow takes delivery of a new electric car.

Veronica Donnelly, VAT Partner, charging one of the new vehicles

Campbell Dallas has acquired two electric cars which staff can use for business travel. The firm has installed an electric charger at its Glasgow offices, and will shortly be adding a charger at its new office in Perth followed by a second in Glasgow. It is hoped that staff will take advantage of the pooled cars and as demand rises the scheme will be rolled out further across its 5 offices.

Last year the firm also installed 300 solar panels on the roof of its Glasgow offices, producing enough green energy to drive a company BMW i3 nearly ten times around the world – or 250,000 miles. The investment in electric vehicles and solar panels is a core part of the firm’s desire to place sustainability at the heart of its corporate culture.

Chris Horne, Managing Partner, said: “Our staff and clients are very supportive of our commitment to reducing our carbon footprint by investing in electric cars and by generating our own power.  We are planning to expand our fleet so that by the end of the year each office has at least one electric car.”