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What are electric vehicles?

What are electric cars?

An Electric car or EV is simply a car that runs on pure Electric supplied via charging cables directly from the grid. . They store the electricity in rechargeable batteries that power an electric motor, which turns the wheels. Electric cars accelerate faster than vehicles with traditional fuel engines – so they feel lighter to drive and provide more affordable running costs than a Fossil Fuel equivalent, as well as being a lot more environmentally friendly. EV is a shortened acronym for an electric vehicle and is the most commonly used reference.


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Are electric vehicles expensive to service?

Recent research shows us that an electric car costs at least 30% less for EV service and EV maintenance than a traditional car (depending on the car, of course).

this is largely due to the fact that they have fewer moving parts and fewer items prone to wearing out over time making EV repairs a lot less frequent. Central Vehicle Leasing can also include a full maintenance package with your new lease making the costs even more manageable!


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Are electric vehicles becoming more popular?

Electric car sales are booming in the UK. In 2021, new EV registrations were 76.3% higher than the year before with 190,727 new electric cars being sold. This is still on the increase now with manufacturers set to void Fossil Fuel engines in the very near future. 


Can you charge electric vehicles at home?

Although the UK infrastructure for Electric car charging is great and ever-improving the preferred method is still home charging. You can charge most EV cars via a standard 3 pin charge cable but this can take ages to charge! For best results we recommend you install an EV home charger - there are many on the market and it can get quite confusing. That's why Central Vehicle Leasing has partnered with professionals to offer you the best advice and price possible. Find out more on how to charge your EV using EV charging points.


Are electric vehicles tax-exempt?

Pure electric cars are exempt from vehicle tax (RFL), meaning it's free to tax them. However, road tax (RFL) is included for the duration of the lease on a contract hire / personal contract hire agreement through Central Vehicle Leasing's partners anyway.


Are electric vehicles reliable?

 In general, electric vehicles tend to be more reliable than traditionally powered cars as well as hybrids and PHEVs due to having fewer moving parts to go wrong. However reports show that customers survey they have found electric cars may be less reliable than internal combustion in their personal experience, this was last reported nearly 4 years ago though and a new study is pending. The tech and innovation behind electric transportation is huge! with all manufacturers showing their main focus due to the demand for cleaner air worldwide. We expect this to reverse if it hasn't already, on the next report.


With all our vehicles you also receive a full manufacturer's warranty in case things go wrong.