It’s time for your next car. Faced with an even bigger market than ever before, electric vehicles are beginning to really stand out from the pack. Above everything else, the long-term cost saving of an EV makes it an extremely attractive choice. However, there are other reasons why switching to an electric car now could take the joy of driving to the next level.
When it comes to the price of an EV, it’s easy to be put off by the upfront cost. However, the best test is to calculate the overall cost of running your next car over a 3 or 5 year period. This way, you’ll be able to see clearly how much the vehicle will actually cost you.
In choosing an electric vehicle, you’ll benefit from the huge saving in road tax costs as all EVs are zero-rated by the UK Government. You can also make savings with the manufacturer too, with services on electric cars costing significantly less than ICE-powered vehicles. For example, a minor service on an electric Nissan LEAF would cost £159, compared with £229 for a Nissan petrol model and £269 for a Nissan diesel car.
There can also be savings made in the way you fuel your car. Totting up your average spend at the petrol pump and comparing it to the additional electricity charges from your provider will also reduce the monthly costs of your household.
For those that live and work near the capital, you can also benefit with Transport for London dropping the congestion charge on electric vehicles. This will save you £15 for every visit you make into the designated zone.
It isn’t just the financial advantage that your household can benefit from by upgrading to an EV. With each new vehicle on the market, the mod-cons and gadgets included in your EV just get better and better. Of course, in ICE-powered vehicles, the level of tech relies firmly on how large the car battery is. So when your vehicle is entirely battery powered, the options are endless.
In addition to the upgraded technology, electric vehicles tend to have a modern look and feel to them. From the MINI Electric having updated wheel-rims to the more visually stunning doors on your Tesla Model X, the latest technology doesn’t just stop with the power of your car but also rolls out across the design of the vehicle itself.
As part of this upgraded design, without the space required for an engine, EVs are also more spacious than their ICE-powered counterparts. For a family car, this can be crucial as it gives you much more flexibility when planning a long journey with the children.
As manufacturers continue to produce affordable electric vehicles, the rollout of available charge points across the country keeps getting more and more widespread. Zap-Map outlines that there are currently 12,686 locations where UK drivers can charge their cars.
Over 400 new chargers have been installed over the past 30 days. Whilst these are most concentrated in Greater London, every region of England has over 1000 charging stations and each part of the United Kingdom has chargers available for use.
You can also make savings on your home charging solution too. With up to £350 awarded by the UK Government per vehicle for a chargepoint, you can charge your vehicle in the most efficient way at a lower cost than you might expect.
Buying a chargepoint and arranging an installation through We Power Your Car allows us to take care of the paperwork for you and ensure that you receive the grant for your domestic charger. When you buy with us, you can compare the chargers available for your EV and decide which one suits you and your lifestyle best. We’ll even let you know when your engineer is on the way so you don’t have to wait in all day.
No matter what electric vehicle you choose to buy for your next car, let us sort your EV charging. Find the right charger in under a minute by answering a few simple questions here.
This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.
This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.
We lay SWA cable laid at 600mm deep, with a protective cable warning tape laid 150mm above the cable. These are laid on a sand or sifted sand soil bed then backfilled.
We position overhead cables at a minimum height of 3.5m and are run along a catenary wire. The cable run should not be accessible to vehicles.
Our instant price is fixed if it falls within our standard installation package plus any additions that you have selected (extra cabling for example). This package covers the majority of homes in the UK. Before we undertake your installation we will carry out a digital survey to check that nothing has been missed. After reviewing the survey results some additional work may be required in order to complete your installation safely and to the required standards. If this is the case, we will contact you well before the installation date and advise the cost of any required work. You can then continue with your installation, or alternatively we will refund you in full if you do not want to proceed.
Included in our standard installation is :
• Fitting of a single phase charge point to a brick or plaster wall or other suitable permanent structure
• Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter / distribution board and the charge point.
• Routing of the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm (20 inches) thick if this is needed.
• The fitting and testing of electrical connections and protections required for the charge point.
• An additional three way consumer unit, if required
• Installation of a Type A RCBO in an RCBO enclosure
• Up to 3 metres of plastic trunking to conceal interior wiring.
• An O-pen earth protection device if the charge point requires it. (This is NOT an earth rod)
• Up to 4 hours of labour from your installer to complete the work.
• Electrical testing of the whole installation.
• Handover and setup of the charge point and any app that may be needed.
Not included in our standard installation (additional work) :
• Where the installation requires additional cabling over and above the amount you have told us about.
• Upgrade/replacement of the main incoming supply fuse where the local DNO (eg Northern Powergrid) would need to attend site.
• If the charge point is to be mounted on a post/pedestal rather than an existing wall and where you have not selected a post as an extra cost option in your order.
• Installation of a charge point to a three phase supply.
• Where gas and water mains bonding (earthing) is not in place at your property. If this is not in place, additional work would be required before installation of the charge point.
• Any groundwork that has not been selected during the order process.
What else you need to know :
• On the day of installation, please ensure that the area around your consumer unit (fuse box), incoming electricity supply meter and proposed charge point location (including where the cable is expected to be run) is clear and free of obstructions.
• We will need your WiFi password as part of the installation process in order to connect your charge point to the internet. Please have this available for the installer. Details will not be kept.
• The charge point must be on your own designated off road parking.
• The charger will be fixed in line with current guidelines at a height where it cannot be hit by a vehicle.
• Our installers are not able to enter loft spaces; lift floorboards or flooring; take apart any furniture of work above a height of 2m. If you anticipate that any of this may be required, then please contact us and we can discuss in more detail and provide you with a quotation.
• Should there be extreme weather conditions our installers may not be able to continue with you installation if it is not safe to do so (for example flooding). They will always do their best to complete the work where they can.
If you have any questions then please contact our customer service team who will be happy to help. Please also read our terms and conditions.