‏‏‎ What is an electric car?

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Electric cars are almost the same as conventional cars but, they have a battery that is connected to an electric motor, which turns the wheels instead of a combustion engine turning the wheels. As with petrol and diesel cars, electricity also operates the vehicle’s other functions, like the stereo, climate control and lights. Unlike a hybrid vehicle, a pure electric car will always need to be plugged in to charge the battery.

Because we only lease brand new electric vehicles, when you do lease an electric car with us, it will likely be fitted with the latest technology. Some electric cars can even get software updates, just like your phone and computer does! Electric vehicles also tend to feel very nippy at lower speeds, this makes them a great leasing choice for people driving in towns and cities.

Thinking about going electric? Here are 10 reasons why you should!

  1. Electric cars are very cheap to run compared to petrol and diesel cars.
  2. The UK's network of chargers to charge your new electric car is growing rapidly. A full map can be found at www.zap-map.com.
  3. If you have a Tesla you can get 400 kilowatt-hours, or about 1,000 miles of free charging every year from Tesla superchargers! 
  4. Reduce emissions and do your bit to help the planet.
  5. Never visit a petrol station again.
  6. By 2035 the government will have banned the sale of petrol and diesel cars. So why not lease an electric car now to get used to the future now?
  7. Electric cars are often safer because when a crash is detected the power is instantly cut and the car is shut down. As well with the centre of gravity often being very low because of the heavy battery, electric cars are very hard to roll.
  8. When you drive an electric car you'll need to get used to people giving you compliments like; "It’s so quiet! Is it really on? Oh my gosh, we’re driving?! It’s so smooth! That’s so nice.”
  9. Electric cars have fewer moving parts than conventional petrol and diesel cars, this means the maintenance costs are usually a lot less.
  10. All-electric vehicles under £40,000 do not need to pay road tax.

Where can I charge my electric car?

Most electric car users choose to charge their car overnight. If you have a garage or driveway you can install your own EV charger, or even plug your car into a wall plug in your house!

For longer trips where the range of your car may not last the full journey, you can stop at motorway service stations. Most motorway service stations now have rapid chargers which, depending on the model of your electric car, can provide between 60-200 miles of range in 20-30 minutes.

EV, BEV, HEV, PHEV, what's the difference?

EV & BEV: EV and BEV both mean the same. EV stands for Electric Vehicle and BEV stands for Battery Electric Vehicle. BEV and EVs run only on battery power without assistance from any internal combustion engine. Because they have bigger batteries, they can run much further on a single charge when compared to HEVs and PHEVs.

HEV: HEV stands for Hybrid Electric Vehicle. HEVs use both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. Unlike EVs and BEVs, HEVs charge their batteries by regenerative braking. What is regenerative braking you might ask? Regenerative braking uses the kinetic energy used to stop the car to charge the battery. When you lease a Hybrid Electric Vehicle, you get the best of both worlds; a good old combustion engine and an electric motor to help reduce fuel costs.

PHEV: PHEV stands for Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle. Just like HEVs, PHEVs have both an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. The only difference being that the battery is bigger than on PHEVs so you're able to rely more on the battery power than on HEVs. As the name suggests, you can plug a PHEV into a charging station.

Key points

  • EVs and BEVs use only battery power and do not have any type of combustion engine. EVs and BEVs only power source is an electric motor.
  • HEVs have a combustion engine and a small electric motor. They still need to be filled up at a petrol station and cannot be chargedHEVs main power source is the combustion engine.
  • PHEVs have both a combustion engine and an electric motor. They must be charged and cannot be filled up at a petrol stationPHEVs main power source is the electric motor.

Will my electric car need an MOT and servicing?

You will still need to take your electric car for an MOT. However, when you lease a car with New Cars Online, you will be leasing a brand new car. So you will not need to take it for an MOT for the first 3 years. Whether you lease an electric car or a petrol or diesel car, you won't need to MOT the car during the first 3 years of the cars life. If you take out a contract that is 3 years or less, you will not need to MOT the car.

You will still need to service the car regularly, but you can expect the costs to be much lower. Because electric cars have significantly fewer moving parts than combustion engine cars, the cost of servicing and maintenance are often much lower.

How does car leasing work?

Car leasing is effectively a long term rental agreement. The car will be brand new or pre-registered and, you will be the first registered keeper of the vehicle. 

At the start of the contract, you will pay an initial rental, which is often called a deposit. You will then make monthly payments for the duration of your contract. Car leasing contracts usually last between 18 and 48 months. Leasing is a simple, cost-effective way to drive a brand new car. And don't forget, no matter how much deposit you put down, the overall cost of the lease will not change.

What's the difference between an electric vehicle lease contract and a petrol or diesel lease contract?

Nothing! The only difference is how the car runs. Just like when you lease a petrol or diesel car, you will agree on the term, annual mileage, type of contract (personal or business) and initial rental. You will then pay the agreed fixed monthly payments for the length of your contract and hand it back at the end.

How will I find charging points?

Good question - many people wonder the same when they first considering leasing an electric car. Fortunately for you, the amount of electric charging stations is growing at a rapid rate. You will find charging stations in almost every supermarket car park, service station and public car park. According to EDF energy, there are now more than 42,000 charging stations across the UK. With around 7,000 being added each year.

If you would like to see which of those 42,000 charging stations is closest to you, you can use Zap Map's handy live charging station map by clicking here.

 

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