Your Guide to Choosing an Electric Company Car - We Power Your Car
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Your Guide to Choosing an Electric Company Car

With the electric vehicle industry progressing quicker than ever, there are now a huge variety of options when it comes to choosing the right vehicle for your company’s fleet.

It’s important to consider what you and your employees will need to get out of the car. How far will it need to travel? How fast will it charge? Does it need to be affordable, or are you looking for something more luxury?

By researching the options, digesting the facts, features, and technology, we are able to show you the best electric cars in 2021 for your company and answer these questions for you…

 

Nissan Leaf

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Impressive in pretty much every aspect, the Nissan Leaf is spacious, comfortable to drive and has an affordable price tag.

With a range of 168 miles, or if you upgrade to a Nissan Leaf e+, 239 miles, it is perfect for town driving and getting from A to B with little worry. The Leaf also holds more power, with 214bhp compared to the standard car’s 148bhp.

In terms of charging times, a home charger will take you about 7.5 hours (11.5 for the e+) and a fast 50kW charger will take the battery from 20 to 80% charge in 1 hour (90 minutes for the e+). So, if you charge your car at work or home, range anxiety should not be a concern.

The Nissan Leaf is a perfect practical all-rounder and should be a serious contender for your company’s next fleet.

 

BMW i3

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A premium alternative to the Nissan Leaf, the BMW i3 offers a unique design, advanced technology, and a relaxing driving experience.

The i3 has a driving range of 182-190 miles and if you’re considering your employees’ commute times, they offer a living with a BMWi service where you can find out if the car has enough range for an individual’s daily commute. Taking this into consideration, the i3 is a better choice for city driving rather than long distance due to its compact design, agility, and shorter range.

Using a standard three-pin plug, the i3 will take up to 20 hours to charge. However, using a 7kW wallbox charger this time can reduce down to 6 hours and a rapid charger can get the i3 up to an additional 100 miles in roughly 30 mins.

The BMW i3 is pricier than some of its less premium rivals, but it’s day-to-day running costs are just as low. This makes the perfect option if you’re looking for high quality with a low maintenance price tag.

 

Hyundai IONIQ 5 Electric

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If you’re after another sensible and affordable option for your fleet, the Hyundai IONIQ 5 Electric is a sound choice. This model is new to 2021 and set to rival the Tesla Model 3 and the Volkswagen ID.3.

Capable of super-fast charging, which is normally only featured in more premium vehicles, the IONIQ 5 has an 800V battery system and can receive charging feeds of up to 220kW. This means its battery can be charged up from 10-80% in 18 minutes, an impressive statistic for a car of its price.

The driving range is not yet confirmed but Hyundai has stated the longest-range version will be able to travel up to 300 miles between charging. Making the IONIQ 5 the perfect choice if your employees need to travel long distances and charge up fast.

 

Tesla Model S

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This line-up wouldn’t be complete without a Tesla. If you’re looking for luxury with your company’s fleet, the Tesla X’s sensible sibling, the Model S, is a saloon option that brings executive style and performance beyond expectation.

Despite it having all the bells and whistles, the Model S is a genuinely practical car- it’s spacious, fast charging and has an excellent driving range.

The range exceeds 300 miles (or 520 miles if you upgrade to the Plaid+ variant), making range anxiety for your employees a thing of the past.

And although the price tag may be high, the quality and practicality are worth it.

 

Renault Zoe

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Want a versatile, affordable and smaller electric car for your fleet? The Renault Zoe is a fantastic contender.

We have now established how important range is when it comes to choosing your fleet, and the Zoe does not disappoint. It offers up to 245 miles of driving, which is on par with EVs that have a much higher price tag.

In terms of charging times, it has 50kW rapid-charging available, allowing the battery to charge up to 80% in just over an hour. If you’re not needing the car for longer journeys, you can take advantage of the fact that you may not need to charge the car at all for 2 weeks (depending on its use).

Having been named ‘Best Small Electric Car for Value 2021’ by What Car, it’s known as one of the top all-rounders and best value for money, making for a reliable business choice.

 

Whichever option you choose for your company, We Power Your Car are the experts in choosing the right EV charger for you and your business. Offering both commercial and domestic, for vehicles and fleets of any size, we can cover you. So, if your business would like to book a site survey, visit our website here to chat with one of our experts.

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Tethered charger

This type of electric charger has it's own cable to charge your car.

Socketed charger

This type of electric charger requires a seperate cable to charge your car.

Underground cable

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.

Overhead cable

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.

Standard Installation
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.