Fully electric cars are on the rise as we prepare for a future with more zero-emission vehicles and the Government continues to encourage growing numbers of people to consider an electric car. With more electric cars becoming available on the Motability scheme, we are here to help decide if a battery-electric car is right for you.
A battery-electric vehicle has no petrol or diesel engine, it is driven by a battery-electric motor and powered by a high-capacity battery pack. You need to 'refuel' your fully electric vehicle by plugging it in and recharging the battery.
One of the main concerns with battery-electric vehicles is how exactly do you charge them. As part of Motability's worry-free motoring package, if you apply for a battery-electric vehicle then you can have an at-home charging point fitted at no additional cost if you have access to off-street parking. Motability will then cover the rest of the installation costs but if any work is required to gain access to your electricity, you are responsible for these costs. You can only receive the OLEV grant once, so if you have previously had a charging point that is not compatible with your next car there will be a £350 cost for the replacement. This is only for fully electric vehicles, if you opt for a plug-in hybrid, you will have to cover the cost of the home charger yourself.
Customers are also responsible for covering the cost of the electricity used to charge their car.
The range of an electric car is how far it will travel on average, when fully electric vehicles were introduced to the market the range was limited however, with advances in technology the more modern models are able to go much further, some are able to travel over 200 miles between charges. The range of the battery electric vehicle you choose is going to be important because charging takes longer than refueling at a filling station. If you use the 3 pinpoint charger you get with your electric vehicle, it can take a number of hours to reach full charge (this all depends on the size of the battery). Whereas if you have opted for an at-home charging point, or have access close by to 'fast' or 'rapid' chargers these are faster.
Alternatively, if you don’t have off-street parking or it’s not possible to fit a home charge point at your current address, this doesn’t mean you can’t get a vehicle on the Motability scheme. You will be able to access a network of public charging points for easy on-street charging and if you want to find out more about charging options on the scheme, speak to our Motability team today!
Electric cars have many benefits, one being that you could save yourself up to £1,000 a year in fuel, as it can as little as 2-4p per mile. Not only are they cheaper to run, but electric cars are also more environmentally friendly as they have zero tailpipe emissions.
At Donnelly Group, we have electric vehicles available from major manufacturers such as Citroen, Fiat, Vauxhall, and Volkswagen, so if your Motability renewal is fast approaching or you’re a new to scheme customer, now could be the perfect time to switch to an electric vehicle.
If you have any further questions on the Motability scheme, our dedicated teams are happy to help! Find your nearest showroom today, or view the latest BEVs available on the Motability scheme below.