With electric car leasing, you can save money on your next car, whilst reducing the amount of CO2 you output as part of your driving lifestyle. That's a win for you - and the planet.
Leasing an electric car or hybrid vehicle is an effective way to ensure you're always driving the latest EV model with the greatest range, the lowest emissions and the latest technology.
If you're looking for an EV, hybrid or electric car lease deal, there are plenty of technology options to suit your needs. Click an icon below for an overview of how each technology works, and the extent to which it can help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint.
Manufacturers have been moving from 12v to 48 volt vehicle electric systems allowing a degree of hybridisation. A separate battery allows the engine to idle at speeds above around 30mph when the driver takes their foot off the throttle, and then re-engages power when required. These cars can’t run on battery power alone, but the battery does contribute to lower CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy.
Originally referred to hybrids, these days hybrids tend to be referred to as self-charging. This is to differentiate them from plug-in hybrids which need electricity to charge the battery. Self-charging hybrids do not need this. Instead, the engine and battery work together to provide the power. The battery can often propel the car in zero emission mode for short distances. The benefits are low CO2 emissions, improved fuel economy, and for business drivers, reduced driver benefit in kind taxation.
PHEVs combine a petrol or diesel engine with an electric motor. Unlike self-charging hybrids, PHEVs feature a larger battery that can be plugged in and recharged, making it possible to drive extended distances of around 20 – 30 miles on electricity alone. As a result, CO2 emissions are lower and fuel economy are greater compared to conventional hybrids, and for business drivers the lower CO2 emissions result in greatly reduced benefit in kind.
Battery electric vehicles (commoly referred to as simply EVs) operate on battery power alone and have a range of anything from 130 miles to over 250 miles. A full re-charge can take around five to 12 hours on a 7kW charger with most BEVs taking a fast charge to 80 per cent of battery capability within 30-45 minutes. The cost savings are huge as are the benefit in kind savings for business drivers, and battery range and charging infrastructure is increasing on a constant basis.
Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCEVx) are another type of EV. These cars use hydrogen to power an on-board fuel cell, which combines with oxygen in the air to produce electricity. Fuel cell vehicles produce only water as a by-product and emit no CO2, so are therefore classed as zero-emission cars. The driving experience is similar to an EV, however the range is much greater range: over 300 miles. Despite the advantages there is currently a limited network of hydrogen filling stations.
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The charging requirements and options differ depnding on the whether you’ve chosen a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid EV) or a fully electric vehicle (EV).Read more
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Research suggests that the average commuting distance in the UK is less than 10 miles. These days the longest range electric cars and PHEVs can travel much further on a single charge.Read more
The UK's charge point infrastructure is growing by the day. There are over 35,000 public charge points and nearly 60,000 individual charging connectors.
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There is no smarter and more environmentally-friendly way to drive a brand new car. With electric car leasing, you'll ensure you are driving the latest model with the greatest range, the lowest emissions and the latest technology
Electric lease deals change on a weekly basis, however some of the cheapest prices are currently offered on models such as the MG ZS and Hyundai Kona. There is also great EV deals at present from manufacturer's such as Tesla, Mercedes and BMW.
The charging requirements and options differ depending on whether you have chosen a PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid EV) or a fully electric vehicle (EV). However, with an EV you will likely require a home charger. Typically, 60% of charging is done at home; 30% at work; and the remaining 10% at destination chargers or en route.
Range is crucial for PHEVs and EVs in particular. It is therefore essential to identify your own driving patterns to assess suitability of electrification. PHEVs can be especially effective if you undertake the occasional long journey, but mostly commute to work.
Due to popularity this year, the Tesla Model 3 could be regarded as the best electric car to lease, or the Nissan Leaf due to its long-standing presence in the EV market. However, this is all subjective and the best electric car should suit your driving style, budget and lifestyle.
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