If you’re leasing your first fully electric car on the Motability Scheme:
⚡You’ll get a new electric car every three years
⚡Get the cost of a home chargepoint and a standard installation covered
⚡Or gain access to the bp pulse network
We’ll arrange and cover the cost of a home chargepoint and a standard installation, or give you access to the bp pulse network of over 9,000 public chargepoints. Conditions apply.
Cheaper running cost
Driving an electric car can cost up to half of the price per mile than petrol and diesel cars.
A choice for everyone
Electric cars have a variety of battery ranges – from 100 to 300 miles. Not sure how far that is? 100 miles is the distance from London to Birmingham.
If you can only drive an automatic car, electric cars could be a great option as they all have automatic gearboxes.
Getting an electric car on the Scheme is more affordable than buying or leasing elsewhere.
A greener lifestyle
Electric cars have zero carbon emissions, a huge reduction in CO2, and cleaner air quality.
Are you leasing your first fully electric vehicle under the Motability Scheme?
Motability will arrange for and cover the cost of a home chargepoint and its standard installation. However, additional costs may incur for non-standard installations, such as equipment upgrades or if your parking space is not located near your home.
In the event that a home chargepoint installation is not feasible due to the lack of off-street parking or other restrictions, Motability offers access to the bp pulse network of public chargepoints.
Charging whilst on the go?
In the UK, there are more than 42,000 chargepoints available across various networks. Each of these networks has its own pricing structure, depending on the method of payment you choose, such as a subscription or pay-as-you-go. The cost can also be affected by the charging speed and whether you are charged a connection fee. Some apps allow you to save your payment information, making the process more convenient.
It's worth noting that charging speeds are measured in kilowatts (kW) and determine how fast your battery will charge. For instance, a 7kW charger will provide approximately 30 miles of charge per hour.
Faster charging times come at a higher cost, so it's essential to check if the charger is compatible with your vehicle. For example, ultra-fast chargers of up to 150kW can provide up to 200 miles of charge in just 30 minutes, but they're not always compatible with all car models.
When selecting a chargepoint, consider the location's accessibility and charging speed. Motorway service stations typically have faster chargers, but they're more expensive. Always check your car's manual or manufacturer's website to confirm if it's compatible with the chosen charger.
Know Your Range
Electric cars have a battery range that specifies how far they can travel when fully charged, under optimal conditions. However, this range can be affected by factors like the number of passengers, weather, driving style, and terrain.Pre-Condition Your Car
Use an app to pre-condition the temperature of your car while it's connected to your home charge point. This way, your car will be ready to go when you are, and you won't use up any of your battery's charge.
Before leaving, plan out your route to identify where you can stop and charge your car along the way. Zap-Map can show you over 42,000 charge points throughout the UK. If you're using the bp pulse network and don't have a home charge point, their app can show you over 9,000 charge points, including 3,000 rapid and ultra-fast options, some of which offer better charging rates and some that are free.
Speak to your energy provider about smart charging, which is a safe and convenient way to charge your electric car during off-peak hours when the demand for electricity is lower. This is usually at night and will help you save on energy costs.
When driving an electric car, lifting your foot off the accelerator pedal or braking generates electricity, thanks to regenerative braking technology. It's important to know that you'll stop slightly quicker than in a non-electric car, so adjust your driving accordingly.
Using regenerative braking in a smart way can help you get the most out of your electric car and sustain its battery life.Check Your Tyres
Low tyre pressure increases your car's energy consumption, which is why it's important to ensure your tyres are properly inflated. Kwik Fit can check your tyre pressure for you to maximize your car's battery range.