As the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles are banned from 2030 we’re seeing more and more people exploring their electric options.

We have a more comprehensive guide that fully explores electric vehicles and the factors you’ll need to consider when deciding if electric is the right choice for you as a driver or for your business’ fleet. Just click here to see our other guide.

This guide will focus on the benefits to you and your business of going electric for your next model.

Environmental Benefits of EVs:

The most obvious benefits you’ll receive from fully electric vehicles are the environmental ones.

Fully electric vehicles emit zero emissions when being used and so do not pollute your local environment and reduce your overall carbon footprint.

Some emissions are created during the production of the electricity used to charge an electric vehicle but the amount produced to create the necessary charge is considerably less than that a combustion engine would produce covering the same distance. It’s also worthwhile noting that a lot of electric companies are also expanding their greener electricity production methods, through wind and solar power and so electricity on the whole is getting greener.

No emissions not only help the planet as a whole but also improve your local air quality, as you are one less vehicle polluting it.

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Electric vehicles are also quieter than vehicles with a traditional combustion engine so not only are you reducing the pollutants coming from your exhaust but also the noise pollution you contribute to your local area.

We’re also seeing some manufacturers look at greener alternatives within the vehicles, through the use of recycled and reusable material like jute seat padding.

Financial Benefits of EVs:

Although the environmental benefits are the most obvious, and in terms of society as a whole the biggest benefits, there are a number of great financial benefits.

The first is a grant of up to £3,000 off the purchase price of an electric car. This is also available if you are leasing, as the lease funder will have the grant applied to the purchase price and this will be passed onto you through reduced monthly rentals. The cost of an electric vehicle is typically more expensive than a petrol or diesel version, so this grant helps to make them more affordable for you.

If you’re able to have a home charging unit installed you can also apply for a grant through the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and their Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) which provides up to £300 off the installation costs. This grant is available for full electric vehicles and also plug-in hybrids.

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We are an official partner of Pod Point and can help if you would like to have a home charging unit installed. Please give us a call on 01722 322 888 for more information on this.

There are also grants available for businesses looking to have chargers installed on work premises for their employees to use. We can also help with these if you would like to get in touch on the number above.

We’ve already mentioned that the environmental cost of charging an electric car is lower than the cost of filling up with fuel but so is the financial cost. The cost of charging an electric vehicle is usually under £10 a charge depending on the charger speed and location of it, whether it’s at home, work or on the public network.

For company cars fully electric vehicles currently have a BIK rate of 0 with this only rising by a little in the coming years. For more information on BIK rates take a look at this article to see the different rates and how electric vehicles will change.

Another tax electric vehicles are currently exempt from is road tax. Full EVs have no road tax to pay and PHEVs have lower rates.

Electric vehicles have fewer moving parts so in general the cost of maintaining and servicing them is lower over their lifetime than a hybrid or traditional engine vehicle.

Zero-emission vehicles are currently exempt from London’s congestion charges and will be until December 2025. The majority are also exempt from their ultra-low emission zone as well.

As more and more cities are looking to introduce clean air zones or low emission zones, similar to London’s low emission zone, and so if you live in or drive a lot in a city that is introducing one an electric vehicle could save you a lot of money.

User Benefits of EVs:

Wide Selection

With the UK’s impending ban on the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid vehicles due to come into play in less than ten years we’re seeing every manufacturer put in place plans for electric vehicles.

There’s already a range of models from different brands in a lot of size and shapes, and this is expanding monthly, so you’ll be sure to find a model that’s suitable for you.

Long Range

As technology advances the mileage range electric vehicles offer grows. On the market at the minute you can find models like the Tesla Model 3 that have a range of over 300 miles.

Fast Charging

Rapid charging units are becoming more common, and there are even ultra-rapid units being added to the UK’s public charging network.

Alongside this, more electric models are being produced that have rapid and ultra-rapid receiving capacities.

With both of these factors charging time is being reduced to get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

Easy Charging

More charging units in general are being added to the public infrastructure and in convenient locations like supermarket and shopping centre carparks making it easier to charge an electric vehicle.

There are also a number of residential public charging schemes being put in place to help drivers who do not have off-road parking available to install their own unit.

Home charging units are also easier than ever before to install, and there is still a government grant available that provides up to £300 off the cost of installation. If you’d like to find out more about home charging or our official partnership with Pod Point please give us a call on 01722 322 888.

Other Things to Consider:

To find out more about electric vehicles you might also want to read this guide or if you are more interested in hybrids you can find out more about them here and their benefits here

If you would like to discuss fleet management or how you can integrate electric vehicles into your fleet in a sensible and timely manner please get in touch on 01722 322 888 or request a call back below.

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