Over here, you'll see tons of Tesla taxicabs, and a lot of freelancers drive them as well. The reason? Subsidies. If you have a company, buying a Tesla on the company means that you:
- don't pay 21% VAT (since it's on the company)
- don't pay the special extra tax on cars (the tax is zero for EVs; on some cars the tax (ex VAT!) exceeds the factory price of the car)
- receive an extra "small scale environmental investment" subsidy (or rather, your company does)
- can deduct the price of the car and the operating cost from your company's profits.
Of course if you drive your company car for private trips as well, you pay a tax: a certain percentage of the sticker value of the car is added to your income. This goes up to 24% I believe, and it's a lot of money given the insanely high sticker prices (due to taxes), and the high income tax (many people are in the 42% or 51% bracket). But for an EV, the tax for private use used to be 0% (it's now 4%). All in all, you get to drive a car with an €80,000 sticker price for a net sum of perhaps €25,000. And then there's the savings in fuel cost and road tax.