Because fleet incentives can be good for Italy

After a particularly long process the car incentives 2022 they are – it seems – ready to go, but leaving the company fleets out. A choice that the Government has repeatedly criticized by representatives of the sector, and returned to the limelight on the occasion of the presentation of the Aniasa report (National Association of the Car Rental, Sharing Mobility and Automotive Digital Industry), during which the president Alberto Viano presented the “weight” of the industry in terms of registrations and – above all – in the segment of electrified and electric cars.

As already underlined in recent weeks, the fleet is a market of 1 million cars, with plug-in hybrid cars accounting for 47% of the total market and electric 30%. Important numbers, however, which clash with a lack of support from the executive, which could instead be strategic to achieve the decarbonisation objectives of the FIT for 55%.

The youngest

In a car fleet in circulation now increasingly elderly (the average age is 12 years, with 35% represented by models with more than 15 years on their shoulders) the fleet segment is instead, in addition to an increasingly electrified and electric base, much younger: the average seniority is in fact between 20 and 25 months. This is also because, despite the difficulties in the supply chain of materials, which affects the absence of products, the long term rental he managed to hold out, while the short-term segment went worse.

Modern models with low levels of emissions which, once decommissioned from the fleets, could enter the second-hand market helping to modernize the fleet and, as underlined by Viano, an electric car always remains zero emissions, regardless of its age. A recirculation of the product which, if it could count on car incentives, would bring benefits not only to companies but also to individuals.

Private individuals who, between tax codes and individual VAT numbers, represent 18% of registrations, a sign of how long-term rental – between fixed costs and ancillary services – represents a choice that is no longer exclusive to companies.

Long-term rental fulcrum (fleet growth of 5% and turnover of 8.8 billion, + 12% on 2020) of a segment that emerged with broken bones from the pandemic, with car sharing in decline both in terms of use (remote work has played a fundamental role) and as an available fleet, which increased from around 8,000 vehicles in 2019 to the current 6,200. The same goes for the short term, down by 51% compared to 2021 and the fleet reduced by about 33%.

The problem of the taxman

In addition to the lack of purchase incentives, the world of fleets continues to fight for a new one fiscal policyas requested several times and repeatedly postponed by the various Governments that have followed one another from 2007 to today, avoiding the requests not only of the category but also of Europe.

Viano has in fact reiterated how in Italy the taxation on company cars is the highest in the Old Continent, with Aniasa’s proposal for a 100% deduction for electric cars, 90% for hybrids and 60% for endothermic ones which has remained – to date – a dead letter. This is because “VAT, together with Irpef, is THE tax in Italy” and removing or reducing it – as has also been seen in the world of fuels, is certainly not easy. Viano, however, explained how the government recognized the validity of the request, what is missing is the passage from ideas to facts.

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