Difficulties in obtaining and verifying the correct zero emissions range figure for newer plug-in-hybrid electric vehicles is causing P11D headaches for fleets, reports the Association of Fleet Operators.
For PHEVs registered on or after 6 April 2020 emitting 50g/km or less of CO2, the ZER needs to be entered on the P11D but does not appear to be available anywhere other than on the Certificate of Conformity that was affixed to the car when it was delivered.
James Pestell, AFP director, explained, “Completing the P11D for the myriad fuel types under the NEDC and WLTP systems is quite challenging for fleet managers but the right information is generally available with a little digging.
“However, when it comes to the ZER for post-April 2020 PHEVs, the correct figures do not appear to be obtainable anywhere. They are not on the V5 nor the DVLA website.
“They are included on the CoC slip attached to the inside of the windscreen when the car is delivered but there are no fixed processes – or often any processes at all – for how this is handled. It might be sent to the leasing company or just left on the vehicle and detached by the driver when it is delivered, and who knows what happens to it then? Certainly, many and perhaps the majority go missing.
“The supplying dealer or the company leasing the vehicle to you might be able to obtain the figure for you but ultimately, the car operator is responsible for its accuracy and there is no apparent, independent means of checking it.”
James said that the situation was complicated by the ZER figure being specific to each particular vehicle depending on options fitted.