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 workers under a leasing scheme via deferred compensation.
Last year, the NHS had already flown in 350 Nissan Leafs in the summer and 700 all-electric Jaguar I-Paces around six months earlier. The vehicles can always be leased over a three-year period as part of a deferred salary scheme, according to media reports. By taking the benefit in kind instead of part of their salary, staff will have to pay less tax and National Insurance. The government does charge a benefit-in-kind tax on the cars in such cases, but the current rate for electric vehicles is only one per cent, it says.
The UK's health service has set a target to reduce its CO2 emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. In the public sector, the NHS is the largest emitter of carbon dioxide, accounting for as much as 5.4 per cent of nationwide CO2 emissions, according to earlier media reports.