Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles are becoming more popular every year – with UK sales increasing by 186% in 2020 compared to 2019. EV only manufacturers like Tesla are making waves in the automotive industry, and most major manufacturers now offer electric powered versions of the staple entries in their model line-up.

Benefits of Electric Vehicles

There are many benefits to electric vehicles, but fundamentally they come down to two things, they’re more economical and more ecological.

To go into further detail, fully electric vehicles:

  • Produce absolutely no CO2 emissions while driving
  • Are cheaper to maintain over the lifetime of the vehicle
  • Are extremely quiet
  • Charge up from mains power, which can be as little as a quarter of the cost of petrol per mile
  • Avoid clean air zone charges

Fully Electric vs Hybrid Cars

100% Electric (BEV)

Fully electric vehicles, also known as Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs), are powered by a large battery, and an electric motor. They have no internal combustion engine at all, and subsequently produce zero CO2. BEVs are charged with mains power, whether that's at home, at work, or at a public charging point. The average range of BEVs is around 180 miles.

Plug-in Hybrid (PHEV)

Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs) have both a petrol/diesel engine, and a medium-sized battery for the electric motor. As in fully electric BEVs, this battery is charged by mains power. Due to the smaller battery, PHEVs are typically battery only for the first 20-40 miles, after which the combustion engine takes over. This makes them well suited for commuting.

Conventional Hybrid (HEV)

Just like PHEVs, conventional Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) have a battery and a diesel/petrol engine. The battery in HEVs is small however and only powers the car for short distances at low speeds. The battery is charged by the petrol/diesel engine and through braking. Due to the battery limitations, HEVs use the combustion engine most of the time.

Lease an Electric Vehicle

Whether it’s a fully electric vehicle (BEV), a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), or a standard hybrid (HEV) you’re looking to lease, we’ll have the right vehicle for you.

We have all leading models from manufacturers including Audi, BMW, Hyundai, Mercedes, Mazda, Nissan, Renault, Smart, Tesla, Volkswagen and more.

Contact us today and one of our advisors will happily discuss our electric vehicle range, and what is most suitable for your needs. Alternatively if you have a specific model in mind, we’re more than happy to discuss its availability.

You can find out more about our leasing options here.

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Useful Questions About Electric Vehicle Leasing

You can have a dedicated charging point installed in your garage or on an external wall. This will allow you to charge your car at a fast rate, without having a long length of cable running from it. You can also get a government grant of £350 off the cost of installation.

 

Alternatively, if you do not wish to pay for a dedicated charging point, you can simply plug your electric car lead into a standard 3-pin wall socket. This is slower however, and is more likely to be a tripping hazard.

If you are out and about, there are plenty of places to charge, especially in city centres and at retail parks. Some of these chargers are free, while others charge based on usage.

 

In Britain the average distance between charging points is less than 4 miles. This is much lower in major cities like London, Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, Glasgow and others.

 

To find your nearest public charging point, or simply look at local availability check out Zap Map.

Fully electric cars (BEVs) have an average range of around 190 miles. At the lower end of the spectrum is the Smart EQ Forfour, with an advertised range of up to 78 miles. At the high end, head and shoulders above competitors, is the Tesla Model S Long Range, with an advertised range of 405 miles.

Ultimately however, this matters very little for the the typical use case, as in 2019 the average commute in the UK was estimated as a 23 mile round trip. This means for typical use (i.e. commuting, and a trip to the local supermarket) even the Smart EQ Forfour has enough range, provided it is charged overnight.

 

Of course range isn't an issue with plug-in or standard hybrid electric vehicles either, as once the battery is empty the car simply switches to fuel.

Electricity is much cheaper than both petrol and diesel. Fully electric vehicles (BEVs) can have a huge capacity for charge, which can be filled up overnight at home. Standard tariff electricity is cheaper than fuel, but energy companies also offer EV tariffs which make electricity cheaper in the early hours, to allow for even cheaper overnight charging.

 

If you fully charged a Tesla Model S's 100kWh battery from flat, at an electricity rate of 20p per kWh, it would cost £20. If this gave you 350 miles of range (a conservative estimate), 1 mile of range would cost 5.7p. This is much cheaper than a petrol engine's average of 15.8p per mile, and a diesel engine's average of 13.4p per mile.

 

Due to the smaller battery, the savings are less for plug-in hybrids (PHEVs), but are still cheaper.

 

Standard hybrids (HEVs) do not take advantage of the cheaper cost of electricity.

The main advantage to leasing an electric vehicle is you get to drive a brand new, state of the art, environmentally-friendly vehicle. At the end of your term you can simply choose a new electric vehicle, and enjoy all the latest technology and improvements. You also don't have to worry about battery degradation.

 

Another benefit is you don't have to worry about reliability, as the car is new, and being electric has less moving parts to suffer wear and tear.