The RAC has launched a new leasing service to make switching to a brand-new EV easier and more affordable – with market-leading deals available from day one.
More than three-quarters (78%) of drivers believe pure electric cars are still too expensive, so the motoring body has joined forces with Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions to offer a wide range of the most popular EV models currently available in the market at prices starting from just £227.99 a month for a five-door Nissan Leaf 110kw N-Connecta 40kWh.
While the deals offered by the RAC are extremely competitive compared to other forms of finance on EVs, they can also work out cheaper than popular petrol models, particularly when factoring in the savings on fuel.
|For example, 10,000 miles of petrol for a car capable of doing 50 miles per gallon would set drivers back in the region of £1,179 a year at the current UK average price of 131p a litre in stark contrast to equivalent electricity cost of around £167 – a saving of more than £1,000 (£1,012) a year.|
As EVs are exempt from car tax, there’s a further saving of nearly £500 over three years which equates to £163 a year. This means that between fuel and car tax, EV drivers can be over £1,300 a year better off than those in petrol or diesel cars.
A majority of Brits agreed there should be a test before you can ride an e-scooter, alongside 70%who think there should be a speed limit for this new form of transport.
Some 60% of respondents agreed that e-scooters will cause more accidents and 64% want them tested, whilst 38% of Brits think they will lead to an increase in crime in a survey for The Compensation Experts.
As a result, when taking all running costs into account over the most common lease period of three years, the RAC believes it can work out considerably cheaper to run an electric car than a similar sized petrol one.
Drivers using the new RAC leasing site can also select a service and maintenance plan so they can be even more certain of their costs. In addition, the top deals featured are based on in-stock vehicles so customers can have their new car delivered in just a few weeks.
What’s more, all the RAC’s leasing deals come with breakdown cover as standard which gives drivers the opportunity to benefit from the RAC’s unrivalled, van-fitted EV Boost emergency charging system should they run out of charge on a journey or encounter an out-of-order charge point.