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With sought-after benefits like improved efficiency, comfortable rides and great environmental credentials, electric vehicles are becoming ever more popular, and in the last few years have really entered the automotive mainstream.

 

If you’re contemplating getting an electric car but don’t want to purchase one outright, leasing can be an excellent option. Here’s everything you need to know about leasing an electric car.

 

Contents

What is an electric car?

What are the benefits of owning an electric car?

How do you charge an electric car?

How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

How many miles can an electric car do on one charge?

Electric cars available at UK Carline

 

What is an electric car?

Electric cars, also called battery electric vehicles, all follow the same general design.

 

Electric motor– Replacing the combustion engine of a conventional car, or the combustion-electric engine of a hybrid, an electric car’s motor is powered by electricity delivered by the battery pack.

 

Battery pack – An array of batteries that supply energy to the electric motor. The battery pack is charged at home, at a charging station, or via features like regenerative braking, where the battery is recharged by the heat generated when braking, and idle-off, where the car is turned off when stationary to save energy.

 

Most electric cars have automatic transmission to ensure their battery power is used in the most efficient way possible, and a driving experience quite unlike a regular car. There are no vibrations, very little sound, but you’re treated to 100% torque when you press down on the accelerator, making electric cars accelerate brilliantly – and sometimes faster than petrol or diesel-powered models.

 

What are the benefits of owning an electric car?

There are plenty of reasons to go all-electric, benefitting both business and private leasers.

 

Emissions and efficiency

Electric vehicles are the best option available for drivers wanting to reduce their carbon footprint and cut down on the amount of polluting particles that their driving produces.

 

They are also far more fuel-efficient than conventional vehicles or hybrids, thanks to drawing power from just the grid – although it’s worth noting that the car is only as green as the power plants supplying it – and recharging via regenerative braking.

 

Tax benefits

Electric vehicles can offer a range of tax benefits to customers and business operators, including:

 

  • Reduction in Benefit in Kind tax
  • No London Congestion Charges
  • Lower Vehicle Excise Duty (VED)
  • Lower Class 1A NIC costs

 

Range

One of the biggest fears many have with regards to electric cars is their range, and the fear that they might have to charge their car before they arrive at their destination. Thankfully though, most electric cars these days offer over 100 miles of driving per charge, with more expensive models and cutting-edge Tesla vehicles offer nearly 400 miles.

 

So, if you use your car for local trips and a 30-minute commute, or even if you drive a decent number of miles every day, most electric vehicles will easily accommodate your driving, letting you charge your car when you get home at night.

 

How do you charge an electric car?

There are two main ways to charge an electric car. A dedicated home charging point allows you charge your car at home, while publicly accessible charging points can be found at over 5,000 UK locations. Read on to find out more about charging an electric car!

 

Charge at home

The most common charging method, if you choose to charge in your driveway you can use a normal three-pin plug, which affords a minimum of fuss, but also the slowest charging option available, and will require you to run a lead from your car to the nearest plug.

 

Alternatively, you can get a fast-charging point installed in your home by a qualified electrician. This will cost you money, but it’ll give you super-fast charging times and an easy-to-use charging point in your driveway.

 

Public charging points

According to free charging point mapping service Zap Map (iOSAndroid), there are over 14,000 charging points at over 5,000 public locations across the UK, with the majority of these being fast or rapid connections that can fully charge a battery in between 20 minutes and three hours.

 

Obviously, you run the risk of not being able to find a charging point, but with more being added every month, and apps like Zap Map available, this is becoming less of an issue as time goes on.

 

How much does it cost to charge an electric car?

The cost of charging an electric car differs depending on the model, size of battery and amount of charge required:

 

 

How many miles can an electric car do on one charge?

The range of an electric car depends on how large its battery is. According to Which? tests, the tested range of several electric cars was between 58 miles and 242 miles. Government statistics show 56% of trips made by car were under five miles, 38% were five to 25 miles, and only 2% of trips were 25 miles or more, showing that most electric vehicles pack more than enough range for daily use.

 

In general, Tesla cars have the longest ranges available, however below this, the manufacturers’ places on the scoreboard are constantly changing as different models are released and new technologies are developed.

 

To find out what range your chosen electric car is, ask your dealer or look for the number measured in miles or kilometres.

 

Electric cars available at UK Carline

Like the sound of electric? Here are some of our favourite electric car leases here at UK Carline.

 

Tesla Model S

Producer of the best electric cars on the market, Tesla wow with their extraordinarily fast, luxurious cars, and the Model S is the jewel in the company’s crown. The ‘Ludicrous Performance’ model offers 0-62mph in a blindingly quick 2.7 seconds, and a range of around 400 miles – seriously beating most petrol and diesel engines.

 

BMW i3

BMW’s most popular all-electric is a solid family car that’s available for a great price. Quick off the mark and coming with loads of entertainment and comfort features in its cabin, the i3 is sure to make the whole family happy.

 

Nissan E-NV200

There are lots of electric vans available these days, but Nissan’s E-NV200 is a solid choice, produced by the company that brought hybrid and electric cars into the mainstream. Boasting loads of space and features, it’s a great choice for any van driver.

 

VW e-Up

A nippy city car with a range that’s nearly 100km, the VW e-Up is the perfect electric car for city-dwellers. Made with Volkswagen’s signature eye for quality and attention to detail, you’ll be able to rely on it to take whatever your urban driving throws at it.

 

Electric cars are one of the best options for environmentally and cost-conscious drivers right now. Explore our electric cars using the comparison tool or read our guide to hybrid car leasing and view UK Carline’s hybrid lease deals.

 

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