‏‏‎ What is an electric car?

Electric cars are almost the same as conventional cars but, they have a battery which is connected to an electric motor, which turns the wheels instead of a combustion engine turning the wheels. As with petrol and diesel cars, electricity also operates the vehicle’s other functions, like the stereo, climate control and lights. Unlike a hybrid vehicle, a pure electric car will always need to be plugged in to charge the battery.

Because we only lease brand new electic vehicles, when you do lease an electric car with us, it will likely be fitted with the latest technology. Some electric cars can even get software updates, just like your phone and computer does! Electric vehicles also tend to feel very nippy at lower speeds, this makes them a great leasing choice for people driving in towns and cities.

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Thinking about going electric? Here's 10 reasons why you should!

  1. Electric cars are very cheap to run compared to petrol and diesel cars.

  2. The UK's network of chargers to charge your new electric car is growing rapidly. A full map can be found at www.zap-map.com.

  3. If you have a Tesla you can get 400 kilowatt-hours, or about 1,000 miles of free charging every year from Tesla superchargers! 

  4. Reduce emissions and do your bit to help the planet.

  5. Never visit a petrol station again.

  6. By 2035 the government will have banned the sale of petrol and diesel cars. So why not lease an electric car now to get used to the future now?

  7. Electric cars are often safer because when a crash is detected the power is instantly cut and the car is shutdown. As well with the centre of gravity often being very low because of the heavy battery, electric cars are very hard to roll.

  8. When you drive an electric car you'll need to get used to people giving you compliments like; "It’s so quiet! Is it really on? Oh my gosh, we’re driving?! It’s so smooth! That’s so nice.”

  9. Electric cars have fewer moving parts than conventianal petrol and diesel cars, this means the maintenance costs are usually a lot less.

  10. All electric vehicles under £40,000 do not need to pay road tax.

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Popular Electric Cars

What are hybrid cars?

A hybrid car is a vehicle that has a combustion engine (usually petrol-powered) and an electric motor. The petrol combustion engine will charge the batteries, the electric motor will only start working when extra power is needed.

Cars use the most fuel when you're increasing speed, using an electric motor to help the combustion engine makes the car much more efficient. Many hybrid cars use regenerative braking, which is where the energy released during braking is captured and used to charge the battery. The engine shuts down automatically when this occurs which saves fuel and cuts emissions.

Many hybrid cars, such as the BMW i3, can run on electric-only for short journeys.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

What is a plug-in hybrid car?

A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) is a hybrid car that you can plug in, the battery can be charged from an electric outlet such as a public charge point or a three-pin socket in your house, just like a fully electric car (EV).

Plug-in hybrids can usually go further using only electric power than conventional hybrids, but they can not go as far as pure electric cars.

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Electric Car facts

- Thomas Parker built the first electric car in London in 1884? One year before Karl Benz showed the world the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, which is widely regarded as the first car.

- As of 2016 all electric vehicles are required to emit noise at low speeds. This is because cars are becoming too quiet and are a danger to pedestrians who might not sense them coming.

- Since 2013, electric vehicle registrations have grown by 2400%! This is likely thanks to the cult-like popularity of Tesla.

- Electric vehicles were the most popular vehicles in the early 20th century.

- A 100 range battery cost around 25,000 GBP in 2009. Now it costs just 13,000 GBP! So, you can expect electric car leasing prices to steadily decrease as well.

- The Tesla Roadster can get from 0 - 60mph in just 1.9 seconds which is faster than any combustion engine car and has a range of 620 miles.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I charge my new leased electric vehice?

When you lease an electric car from LeaseShop, no matter if it's a Tesla Model 3, Audi e-tron or Nissan Leaf you will be always provided with a means to charge the car. And if you think your next car will be electric too, you can then make the investment in a dedicated fast charge wall charger for your home or garage.

What does all the electric vehicle terminology mean?

EV - Electric Vehicle

HEV - Hybrid Electric Vehicle

PHEV - Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle

BEV - Battery Electric Vehicle

ZEV - Zero Emisdsion Vehicle

KWH - Kilowatt-Hour

Why leasing your electric car is a good idea.

Electric vehicles are progressing faster than ever. If you was to buy an eletric vehicle outright like a Tesla or an Audi e-tron, it would rapidly drop in value because every year there are huge improvements in battery range and battery price. When you lease an electric vehicle with LeaseShop, there's no need to worry about the drop in value, beause you will never own the vehicle.

Should I be worried about long journeys?

The short answer is - no! Because there is a charging point near you. Charging time is becoming less of a problem as well with some cars providing 60-200 miles of range in just 20-30 mins. Amazingly, charging stations are starting to out number petrol stations:

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