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ADVISORY FUEL RATES FOR PLUG-IN CARS

ADVISORY FUEL RATES FOR PLUG-IN CARS

ACFO provides HMRC with data to publish advisory fuel rates for plug-in cars following fleet industry summit.

ACFO, has called on HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to publish Advisory Fuel Rates for plug-in cars after providing it with real world mileage reimbursement figures.

The figures for 100% electric vehicles, range extended electric vehicles, and plug-in hybrid petrol and diesel models have been submitted to HMRC by ACFO after it hosted a fleet industry summit. It included representatives of the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, contract hire and leasing companies, motor manufacturers producing plug-in vehicles and fleet managers operating zero emissions and plug-in hybrid cars.


For many years, ACFO has been calling on HMRC to publish official tax-free company car Advisory Fuel Rates for plug-in vehicles. It remains ACFO’s belief that the absence of defined mileage reimbursement rates is a handicap to some organisations including plug-in vehicles on their choice lists.

ACFO chairman John Pryor, who chaired the industry summit, said: “ACFO acknowledges that it is possible for businesses to calculate rates themselves and then obtain permission from HMRC to use them to reimburse drivers. However, it can be extremely time consuming and difficult to obtain all the relevant data to undertake those calculations. Far better for HMRC to publish official figures as it does for petrol, diesel and LPG cars.”

Sample data submitted to HMRC includes: 

  • Advisory Fuel Rates for cars with a battery capacity up to 40kWh and above 40kWh - 4p and 5p a mile respectively
  • Advisory Fuel Rates for plug-in hybrid petrol cars linked to electric mileage range and current engine capacity-based Advisory Fuel Rates for petrol cars - reimbursement rates ranging from 5p to 19p a mile.
  • Advisory Fuel Rates for plug-in hybrid diesel cars linked to electric mileage range and current engine capacity-based Advisory Fuel Rates for diesel cars - reimbursement rates ranging from 5p to 12p a mile.
  • Range extended electric vehicles - calculated using above figures based on 90% electric mile range and 10% petrol/diesel mileage range using appropriate Advisory Fuel Rate figure. 
The Proposed rates are available to download below