Electric vehicles

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The future is here, today

Electric vehicles (EVs) help decarbonise your fleet and they can significantly reduce your costs, too. With a growing range of fully electric and hybrid vehicles to choose from, the business case for EVs is truly compelling. Let us guide you towards a cleaner fleet today.

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It’s time to think electric

UK governments intend to end sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2035 – perhaps even sooner – and the European Union has introduced even stricter emission laws. Now more than ever, manufacturers are accelerating the introduction of new, cleaner vehicles.

The benefits of electric vehicles

  • No CO2 or NOx emissions
  • Zero class 1a National Insurance in 2020*
  • Generous government incentives
  • Free Road Tax
  • Zero benefit in kind tax in 2020*
  • Less maintenance and less time off the road
  • Low fuel costs
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The benefits of leasing an electric vehicle

It’ll be a few years before the price of electric vehicles comes down to similar levels as ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles. And keeping up with the pace of change, and its inevitable pressure on residual values can be challenging.

That’s why leasing makes so much sense. It removes the risk and allows you to quickly adapt to new technology as it arrives – you can save money and you’ll never be bound to outdated technology. We will work with you to make sure you get the most from your electric fleet.

The way we drive is changing. Electric, hybrid and alternative fuel cars will gradually take the place of traditionally-fuelled vehicles. At Arnold Clark, we’re getting ready for that change.

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Helping you and your drivers on the EV journey

We can help your business make the transition to electric vehicles by providing advice, energy surveys, site surveys and installation of business charging solutions, tailor-made to meet your business needs.

We can also help your drivers get up and running by installing charge points at their homes, anywhere in the UK.

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Electric Vehicle FAQs

What is an electric vehicle (EV)?

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) – Powered by 100% electricity, the energy is stored in a battery in the vehicle. There is no internal combustion engine at all. You can recharge these vehicles by plugging them into charge points.

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) – These vehicles have a traditional petrol or diesel engine plus a high-voltage electric battery that can be charged. Batteries are smaller than in BEVs and once the battery is depleted, the car reverts to the petrol or diesel engine.

Hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) – These vehicles have a traditional petrol or diesel engine plus a high-voltage electric battery. The battery is charged from the engine and can drive the vehicle at low speeds.

Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) – Powered by 100% electricity, which is stored in a battery in the vehicle. The energy is generated from its onboard hydrogen fuel cells, which can be topped up at hydrogen filling stations.

Are electric vehicles the future?

Yes. Large vehicles, like HGVs or buses will become electric, but they will likely be powered by hydrogen fuel cells. For cars, electric vehicles powered by a battery (BEVs) look set to become the norm, although some manufacturers are also developing hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCEVs).

How far can I travel in an electric vehicle?

There’s a wide range of both fully electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) available.

As PHEVs have both a traditional internal combustion engine and a battery, the range using purely battery power might start from as low as 25 miles.

For fully electric vehicles however, we now have vehicles that can travel 400 miles on a charge. Most cars can easily travel 150 to 250 miles on a single charge.

Where can I charge an electric vehicle?

The Zap Map website provides a complete list of the UK’s growing network of public charge points, usually located at filling stations, supermarkets, car parks or leisure facilities.

You may be able to charge your vehicle at work. If you have a house or a dedicated parking space, you can install a charge point, which can be the most convenient place to charge your vehicle.

What grants are available for electric vehicles?

Government grants are available on brand-new low emission vehicles are available to reduce the initial costs. Only vehicles that have been approved by the government are eligible for a grant.

Click here to find out which cars qualify for the grant.

What vehicle excise duty (VED) is applicable for EVs?

VED tax is based on the vehicle’s CO2 emissions. There is currently zero Vehicle Excise Duty for fully electric vehicles. Low emission vehicles (between 1 to 50 g/km) pay £10 a year.

Is there a benefit in kind (BIK) tax exemption for workplace EV charging?

Employees do not pay any tax when they charge their cars in the workplace, as workplace charging points for charging employees’ own electric vehicles are exempt from benefit in kind tax.

How is benefit in kind (BIK) tax calculated for EVs?

Drivers of electric vehicles pay no benefit in kind tax at all in 2020/21. BIK is 1% in 2021/22 and 2% in 2022/23.

*Indication of real-world range. The actual range will depend on speed, style of driving, weather, and route conditions. Models shown for illustrative purposes. Offers shown are subject to availability, status, terms and conditions. Arnold Clark Finance Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.