We know switching to an electric vehicle is a big decision as there are multiple factors to take into consideration including costs, charging and range. To help with your decision we have pulled together a range of information and tools, so you can decide what EV is right for you and your needs.
What are the benefits of Electric Vehicles?
The most common reasons given for avoiding EVs are anxiety of their range, cost and charging capabilities. While these are always considerations, the technology has come a long way in recent years and some of the benefits may surpise you.
The driving force behind EV's is the impact they can have on the environment, representing a far greener way to get from A-to-B than a traditional combustion engine.
Ever growing range of models to choose from
As investment from vehicle manufacturers increases we are seeing more choice when it comes to EVs, making it far more likely for you to find one that is right for you.
Lower total cost of ownership
The tax and fuel costs alone means on average an EV is cheaper to run than a traditional combustion engine.
Improved range and infrastructure
Battery technology is at a point when it can easily cover the majority of journeys, and charging infrastructure is far more readily avaliable.
Less frequent servicing
Electric Vehicles have less moving parts compared to a combustion engine meaning less maintenance to keep each element running smoothly.
Government grants, home grants for wall box charging, exemption from London's Congestion Charge and local benefits such as free parking and use of bus lanes - just to name a few!
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What are the different types of electric vehicles?
Battery Electric Vehicles
A BEV is 100% powered by electricity and produces zero emissions while driving as there’s no combustion engine, no fuel tank and no exhaust pipe.
The majority of BEV owners charge their vehicles at home, whilst others use their workplace and public charging locations.
Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs)
A PHEV is a combination of both a petrol engine and an electric motor.
To enable the maximum electric range you can charge it by plugging it into a power source but similarly to a hybrid vehicle, the PHEV battery also charges during driving by on-board charging and regenerative braking.
Hybrid Electric Vehicles
HEVs can sometimes be referred to as mild hybrids.The battery charges via regenerative braking, so there is no need to plug it in.
These vehicles tend to use the battery powered electric motor when travelling at slower speeds and are therefore emitting lower emissions than a traditional petrol or diesel powered vehicle.
Which Electric Vehicle will you choose?
Find out more about EVs from the Volkswagen Group brands below:
Download our free app to see if your real world driving would suit an EV
Built in collaboration with Audi, the EV&Me app enables you to track your current driving behaviour and view a breakdown of your journeys to see if an EV suits your lifestyle.
Comparing your journeys to Audi’s battery vehicle ranges and showing charging stop locations, helps you understand your driving habits and if an EV would meet your needs.
In addition you can compare running costs to see if an EV will save you money!
It's free and simple to use and you can download today using the link below.
Lease&Care - Finance designed for your Electric Vehicle
Innovation doesn't stop at the vehicles, to support you on your electric journey we have designed a finance package specifically for EVs.
Currently available on Volkswagen's brand new ID. range and the new ŠKODA ENYAQ iV, Lease&Care is designed to give you peace of mind when moving to an EV.
Rolling your vehicle and maintenance costs in to one monthly payment, with no worries of depreciation as this leasing product allows you to drive the vehicle without owning it, letting you focus on enjoying your new Electric Vehicle.