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New Advisory Fuel Rates but still no PHEV rates

HM Revenue and Customs has announced Advisory Fuel Rates from 1 March, bringing some changes for rates but still lacking a rate for plug-in hybrids despite evidence of how the eco benefits.

HMRC has still not introduced an AFR rate for PHEVs

The latest AFR figures see the Advisory Electricity Rate for fully electric cars remain at 4ppm. But AFRs for petrol go down by 1ppm for all categories and there are 1ppm and even 2ppm increases across the board for LPG-engined vehicles.

Meanwhile diesel rates bring a 1ppm decrease for engines from 1601cc to 2000cc and over 2000cc.

However, there’s still no rate for PHEVs, despite recent data from TMC revealing many fleet plug-in hybrids use more fuel than diesels and some drivers never charge their cars at all.  ACFO has repeatedly called for AFRs for PHEVs, which it says would help curb driver misuse.

The new AFR figures are shown below (previous quarter figures are shown in brackets):

Engine size Petrol LPG
1400cc or less 11p (12p) 7p (8p)
1401cc to 2000cc 14p (15p) 8p (10p)
Over 2000cc 21p (22p) 13p (15p)


Engine size Diesel
1600cc or less 10p (10p)
1601cc to 2000cc 11p (12p)
Over 2000cc 13p (14p)

Advisory Electricity Rate

The Advisory Electricity Rate for fully electric cars is 4 pence per mile.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.