Switching to an electric vehicle has never been easier and the benefits are obvious.
Electric vehicles are cleaner, quieter and cheaper to run than equivalent petrol or diesel cars.
With many cities looking into the implementation of Clean Air Zones, and a government target for all cars and vans sold in the UK to be electric by 2040 should your next vehicle be electric?
It’s time to switch to electric
They are cheaper to run
Electric cars and vans are cheaper to run than petrol or diesel vehicles. On a cost per mile basis an electric car could cost a third or less of what a traditional petrol or diesel car might cost. You can fuel an electric car from just 2p per mile – much cheaper than the 10-12p per mile it costs to fuel a petrol or diesel car. Use the Journey Cost Savings Calculator on Go Ultra Low to find out just how much you could save.
They are cheaper to own
Fully electric vehicles are currently exempt from Vehicle Tax. For company car drivers, electric and hybrid cars emitting 50 g/km of CO2 or less incurred a Benefit In Kind tax of only 9% in 2017/18. This can represent huge savings for the driver. You can use this easy Tax Calculator to see how much you could save.
The Government’s plug-in car grant provides a discount of up to £3,500 for eligible cars; and up to £8,000 for eligible vans. There are also generous grants available to help towards the cost of home, workplace and on-street charge-points.
They are cheaper to maintain
Electric cars have just three main components – the on-board charger, inverter and motor – and fewer moving parts. Service, maintenance and repair (SMR) costs for plug-in vehicles can be significantly lower than those for internal combustion engine models.
They are better for the environment
Electric vehicles produce significantly lower carbon emissions and less air pollution than conventional petrol or diesel cars and produce no exhaust emissions at all. A vehicle in electric mode also produces no engine noise, resulting in a cleaner, quieter environment for both driver and those that you drive past.
New electric cars can travel for over 100 miles on a single charge, with some even up to 200 miles. This is more than enough for most journeys and with a constantly expanding network of public charging points including motorway service areas, longer trips can be easily managed. The Go Ultra Low Range Calculator tool shows roughly how far you could drive your chosen electric or plug-in hybrid car on a full charge; together with the charging points along the way if you wish to go that bit further.
Charging cables lock in place when you start to charge, and can only be unlocked by you once you finish using the chargepoint.
Your electric car will come with a charging cable which allows you to charge at home and at public chargers. Rapid chargers have the cables built in, so you simply use the appropriate one for your car.
Electric Vehicle owners say they have great performance and handling. The electric motors provide instant torque and are quick, responsive and have smooth acceleration.
Electrify your business
Over the whole life cost, electric vehicles can save your business money
Not only are electric cars and vans cheaper to run, they benefit from tax breaks, low fuel costs and are offered with sizable Government grants. Local grants are also available.
This page will give you some idea about the benefits of switching your business to electric. Companies and fleet managers can find more comprehensive information about electric plug in vehicles on the Go Ultra Low website.
Cut fuel costs
Fuel is typically the second biggest vehicle-related cost and potentially accounts for 25%-30% of fleet expenditure. The good news is that fuelling an electric car can cost up to 90% less. For example, you can fuel an electric car from just 2p per mile – much cheaper than the 10-12p per mile it costs to fuel a petrol or diesel car.
The motoring tax system is designed to encourage take-up of low emission and electric vehicles. Switching to an electric can help your business save on Benefit in Kind (BIK) rates, Class 1A National Insurance, Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), capital allowances and salary sacrifice regimes.
Get free, expert and impartial advice
Our Electric Vehicle expert is available to have a one to one phone call with you to help smooth your switch to electric and help you choose the right vehicle for your needs.
They can advise on vehicle types, home charging, help to find a dealership and even let you know what grants you might be eligible for to cut costs.
Book your one to one phone call
Try an electric vehicle for 2 weeks
If you want to experience the brilliance of an electric vehicle for yourself, Go Ultra Low West have teamed up with E-Car car club to offer people living in the region free demonstration vehicles for up to two weeks.
Please note availability is subject to demand and you may need to join a waiting list.
Frequently Asked Questions
A compilation of frequently asked questions for people thinking of switching to an electric vehicle.