The Government has announced that it will end the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030. While this is a little way off, now might be a good time to start finding out more about electric cars and whether they might be the right choice for your next Motability car.

Leasing an electric car through the Motability Scheme is a great way to take advantage of the latest developments in car technology without any of the hassle of owning a car in a market that is rapidly changing. However, there are some things to think about before you make the switch:

 

  • One of the biggest considerations when thinking about an electric car is how and where you will charge it. We recommend that customers have the ability to have a home chargepoint fitted to get the most out of leasing an electric car.

  • And, when you lease your first pure electric car through the Motability Scheme you benefit from a home chargepoint installed (this does not include any costs to access your electricity supply).

  • Over the last few years there has been constant improvements to battery technology increasing the range that electric cars can travel, but you do need to think about the types and lengths of regular journeys you make.

  • One of the many benefits is that all electric cars are automatic. We know that 52% of our customers choose an automatic, so as more electric models are released, this will mean that there is a wider choice of automatic cars available through the Scheme.

  • To take full advantage of all the benefits of most electric cars available, you’ll need to download and use a number of different apps to your smartphone or tablet. Each app is simple to use, so don’t let this put you off!

  • There is a network of over 45,000 free and paid chargepoints across the UK and the network of public chargers is rapidly increasing.

  • Not all public chargepoints are as accessible as they should be, however there is an industry wide focus on improving the number and accessibility of public chargepoints.

  • There are differences in the number and distribution of local chargepoints depending on where you live in the UK. It’s worth checking out your local network to ensure that you have easy access to charge points on all your regular journeys.

  • Charging cables can be awkward to lift and store in your car boot, however some chargers do come with tethered cables to make it easier. It’s well worth trying out charging at a dealership to check that you will be able manage it.

  • As with all cars available to lease through the Motability Scheme, there are restrictions on which cars drivers aged under 25 are allowed to drive. There is currently a very limited number of electric cars available for drivers under 25, however we are working on improving this choice.

  • But of course, when you choose an electric car, there are no exhaust emissions, so it is better for the environment too!