As Electric Vehicle (EV) adoption becomes more mainstream and electric cars and vans become increasingly available the costs are reducing rapidly and there is now a wide variety of benefits and vehicle options for drivers looking to make the switch to an electric car.
From the environmental impact to the savings you and your company can make on fuel, tax and maintenance costs, there’s never been a better time to Go Electric.
Advantages of going electric
Net Zero Aspirations
As we push towards Net Zero, it’s important for you to consider the environmental impact of your fleet, its current greenhouse gas output and how the adoption of electric vehicles will decrease those emissions.
We advocate Whole Life Cost Analysis as it allows you to build up a picture of what each vehicle is actually going to cost you. Whole life cost will allow you to procure your vehicles in a pence per mile format rather than a headline rental, making sure you’re in control of the costs when migrating from ICE.
Benefits All Stakeholders
There’s a thumbs up across the board. Drivers see a reduction in BIK and their private fuel bill and your organisation can see actual cost savings. One example of this is a reduction in National Insurance paid, and alongside this environmental policies can be realised and promoted.
Good News Story
With the eyes of the world on the climate crisis, adopting electric vehicles could boost your business’ reputation and standing by visibly operating a zero emission vehicle scheme.
R & D improvements in Technology
As the focus from OEM’s hones in on increasing their volume of electric vehicles produced, the impact of this for the end user is an electric vehicle is no longer a (first adoptor with an out of reach price point) luxury. As battery production increases in volume so does the range output, allowing for fleet mileages to be achievable.
There’s a number of benefits to going green. Some of these include the UK Plug-in Car grant, access to clean air zones, 1% Benefit in Kind (BiK) and reduced National Insurance contributions
We partner with Pod Point, a leading supplier of home charging units for your EV. We can arrange installation of your employees home charging unit at their home address and take all the hassle out of home charging
If you require charging points for your employees to make the switch to electric, we can sort out the installation of these at your offices. Please contact us for more details
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The average UK driver travels less than 30 miles per day, and the average EV today has a range of more than double that distance. If you only use your car to get from A to B, you can switch to electric and hardly notice the difference.
Those who make longer trips, delivery drivers or those travelling for business, could benefit from a hybrid vehicle. That will help you reduce your carbon footprint without needing to worry about flat batteries.
The benefits of electric cars
The future is electric. As the proportion of EVs on UK roads increases, so will the benefits of driving them. Make the jump today and you can enjoy:
A smaller carbon footprint
Congestion charge discounts in some areas
Lower long-term running costs than petrol or diesel
Government grants and tax exemptions
Free parking provided by some local authorities
Less noise pollution
Access to tens of thousands of public UK charging stations
How much does it cost to charge an electric car?
When charging your electric car at home, the cost to you will depend on your current energy tariff so it pays to make sure you're on the best deal.
To calculate the cost you could multiply the size of the battery (kWh) in your preferred electric car and multiply this by the electricity cost (pence per kilowatt hour). Some providers also provide special deals to electric car owners like cheaper off-peak electricity.
Are there any Government grants available for electric cars?
The length of time it takes to charge an electric car will depend on the size of the battery and the charging method and can be anywhere between 12 hours and 30 minutes.
For example, the Audi e-tron can be fully charged at 11kW per hour in 8.9 hours, while at a 150kW DC charging station it can be charged 100% in just 50 minutes. Using a home charging point most cars will take several hours to reach 100% charge from empty, but if you charge overnight this shouldn't be an issue.
Hybrid or Electric
An Electric Vehicle (EV) or Battery Electric vehicle (BEV) is a car powered by only a battery. These cars have no other energy source and must be charged by plugging in at home to a wallbox or to a public charging station.