Should I consider leasing an electric car?
When choosing your new lease car, there are a range of decisions to make including the fuel type of the car. Choosing a suitable fuel type is an important decision to make because in the long run it could save you. At GB Vehicle Leasing, we have thousands of lease deals available on diesel, petrol, hybrid and fully electric cars. If you’re unsure which fuel type suits your lifestyle the most, then our leasing experts are happy to discuss this with you, so you can make an informed decision. That said, read on to find out if an electric car could be ideal for you or not.
Do you have off road parking?
Home charging an electric car is most effective using an installed home charging point. These dedicated home charging points are waterproof, fast chargers and have built-in safety features, making them a brilliant addition to have. However, to install one it involves wall mounting the chargepoint near where you’re going to park the electric car. Therefore, this requires off road parking so the charge point can be mounted to your garage or an external wall of your home. Electric cars can be charged using a standard 3 pin plug; however, this takes much longer and still requires use of a plug-socket.
On average, how many miles per day do you travel?
If you regularly travel long distances (over 100 miles) each day, then of course an electric car would require frequent charging. For longer journeys you will need to stop and charge your electric car. However, if your commute is typically under 100 miles per day then an electric car will meet your needs. For short daily commuting, you might only need to charge your EV once or twice a week and this could be done overnight.
Would you be willing to recharge your car during the day or mid journey?
As mentioned above, regular long-distance travel would require frequent charging of the electric car. This is turn could result in you needing to charge it during the day or mid journey. Rapid charging is very useful for this and there are many charging points across the UK making this easier.
EV or PHEV?
Another point worth consider is whether to opt for a fully electric car or a plug-in hybrid (PHEV). So, what is the difference? Well, a fully electric car operates via one power source only – a battery. Whereas a PHEV utilises both a conventional combustion engine (petrol or diesel) and an electric motor. The electric element can work in conjunction with the combustion element to provide additional power. If required, the car can be driven for a modest amount of time on its electric element, although the range on battery power alone isn’t as great as a fully electric car. Although, it does mean the PHEV is also less reliant on being charged for every journey.
At GB Vehicle Leasing, our team are here to guide you through the leasing process, answering any questions you have. We hope you’ve found this information useful and if you have any further questions about electric car leasing, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 0161 667 5338. Also, click here to view our current electric car lease deals.