The EV Leasing Revolution
2020 may be the year defined by the coronavirus, but it is also fast becoming the year of electric vehicle leasing. Back in February, it was announced that previously established targets to eliminate the sale of petrol, diesel and hybrid engine systems in the UK would be brought forward from 2040 to 2035. Eventually it will be illegal to even purchase a car powered by one of these engines. The result has been a spike in interest in all-electric vehicles, both from drivers and auto manufacturers.
At the same time, the car leasing market in the UK has been growing on average 4.7 percent annually from 2015 to 2020, according to Ibis World. As leasing increases, and the world of all-electric car options expands, we will begin to see the fruits of the EV revolution. Despite the fact it was only 20 years ago the idea of internal combustion engines being eliminated by electric motors would have been laughed out of most people’s minds, it looks as though the day will arrive sooner than we thought.
Here at UK Carline, we’ve been thinking about how Electric Vehicle Leasing will be impacted by the general industry changes and trends in the UK. Below are some of our thoughts for you, our readers.
A small market share, but huge ambition
Battery-electric sales saw a huge 220% increase in December 2019 compared to the same month of the previous year. It’s good news, but those sales still represent only a tiny market share of around 1.6 percent. While that’s a record in itself, it remains very small. The impending doom of the petrol, diesel, and hybrid engine options, however, brings with it the inevitability that all-electric EVs will become the mainstream of the automotive world.
We can expect, therefore, for the sale of electric vehicles to continually increase in the coming years. Another thing we can expect as a result of those sales is a boom in Electric Vehicle Leasing. Car leasing (aka PCH – Personal Contract Hire) is already incredibly popular in the UK — one of the most popular car financing option across Europe, in fact — and is inevitably going to have its role within the sale of electric vehicles here in the UK, too.
EV leasing will address the purchasing costs
One thing British drivers are noticing about electric vehicles is the fatter price tags that they come with. One of the cheapest models on the market right now is the New Renault Zoe, which still would set you back some ₤25,000 if you purchased it outright. A leasing option eases that expense, and brings the exciting world of electric cars firmly in to the grasp of the average UK motorist.
There are more benefits, too. While electric cars may have a more expensive retail price, the running costs are much lower. A 2019 article in The Guardian already pointed out that it’s cheaper to run EVs than petrol or diesel engines, cutting the average running cost by about 5 percent. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but over a long time that really starts to add up. UK drivers don’t save as much as German (11%), French (12%), Dutch (15%) or Norwegian (27%) drivers, but it’s largely down to a cutting in previous subsidies that we have in place for purchasing electric cars.
It is possible that electric car technology is currently just in it’s “new toy” phase; those few years where a new technology is still on the high end of the market and out of reach of some. Cast you mind back to the 1990s when PCs and laptops cost well over ₤1,000 for anything half decent, and compare that to the market now where you can get something pretty decent for less than half that cost. As EV development gets a legislative-backed rocket booster strapped to its back, and more players enter the marketplace, we can expect it to surge forward and bring costs down as EV becomes the mainstream.
Who are the big EV players in the UK?
While many blue-chip car giants are suddenly in a fever over all-electric production, one company in particular has already established itself as an industry leader and veteran — Tesla. Elon Musk’s automotive baby has done incredible things for the advancement of electric cars, particularly in the realm of solving “range anxiety.”
Cars like the Tesla Model 3 and Tesla X have broadened the range, which while still high end has made EV’s truly viable. The Tesla Model 3 can cover 220 miles in a single charge, and the Tesla Model S can do 348 miles. Gone are the worries that you’ll break down half way to school or on the way back from the shops. As battery technology improves, so too does range, which steadily is eliminating one of the biggest obstacles to EV market expansion – range anxiety.
Besides Tesla, Mitsubishi have done well with their Outlander P-HEV (though this isn’t all-electric), and the Nissan Leaf has also been a popular choice, along with the Hyundai Kona. One of the newest All Electric Vehicle to the market is the fantastic looking Polestar 2, we have some great leasing offers available on this brand new electric vehicle here. Whatever the brand, they are working toward the same mission, to make electric Car Leasing both stylish and viable.
Electric Vehicle Leasing & Coming Trends in 2020 and Beyond
We already shared one prediction which is that arrangements like Business Car Leasing will be popular, especially during the stages where initial purchase prices of EVs are considerably higher. Even afterward, the flexibility of leasing and the potential to avoid maintenance costs and enjoy convenience of all car expenses being lumped into a single payment should keep the option popular.
Here are some other trends we predict for the UK’s EV market:
1 – Fewer company cars
Personal Leasing is presenting a much better alternative to drivers and companies than the traditional company car scheme. With the risks of depreciation being passed to the leasers, both drivers and companies benefit. We suspect that more companies will opt for increasing cash allowances for employees instead of investing in company-held cars.
2 – Share of EVs in leasing stock will start to increase
There’ll be no waiting around. Government announcements and more players in the field will ensure that leasing companies now start to get in on the ground floor and offer a greater proportion of electric cars in the coming years. Soon even the UK Carline homepage will be even more resplendent with great EV personal car leasing options.
3 – Resurgence of urban driving
While so many city-dwellers balk at the expense and impracticality of petrol or diesel cars right now, they might think differently about electric cars. Since so many are built with a more compact, sleek design, and because they no longer will contribute to worsening air pollution, we might see a bump in interest and sales of city cars once again.
UK Carline – Combustion is Dead, Long Live the EV
We know that the automotive world is changing fast, as is the world of Business Car Leasing and Personal Car Leasing. Beyond the inevitable growth in market share, we should all be ready for the exciting explosion of new options and new innovations brought to us by renewed and challenged automakers trying to keep up with the shifting automotive winds. Whatever happens, it’s going to be electric.
Learn more about UK Carline’s selection of EVs, including Tesla models, by visiting our homepage.
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