Beginners guide to how to hire an electric car!

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Do you fancy giving the world of zero emissions a go? If so, you’ve probably thought about switching to an electric car! While electric cars are popular, it can still be confusing to figure out how to go about making the change. In this blog, we’re going to run through exactly how you can hire an electric car!

Why should I consider driving electric?

As the UK makes its switch to eco-conscious, zero-emission motoring, it’s likely that electric vehicles will be at the forefront. Lots of people might have converted to a plug-in hybrid vehicle. But, these still release emissions and are unlikely to stick around long term. 

When driving an electric vehicle, you’ll be contributing to ending climate change and supporting the health of your environment. Alongside bettering your own health, there’s also some great financial benefits to driving an electric vehicle. 

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It’s well known that electric vehicles are far more affordable to run than petrol or diesel vehicles. This is mainly because of the price difference between electricity and fuel. With fuel costs continuing to rise, it’s unlikely that running an electric car would ever work out as the same or more expensive than running a petrol car. 

If you live or drive in a city which has already introduced a low or zero emission zone, you’ll know how costly this can be. Motorists driving a petrol or diesel car within London could be forced to pay upwards £15 per day. These kinds of charges are popping up everywhere and are certainly an unwanted additional cost to any driver.

When you hire an electric car, you’ll enjoy all the best parts of driving without the unnecessary costs!

Shouldn’t I just buy an electric car?

Before we get on to how you hire an electric car, we should probably address why we’re recommending hiring. More people are buying electric vehicles and soon electric cars will be as popular as petrol and diesel ones. 

If you’re ready to make that commitment to driving electric, we’d definitely recommend buying an electric car. But, this doesn’t work for everyone. Perhaps you want to try out an electric car before you buy it, or you only use your car occasionally? 

In these cases, it would be silly to splash out on a brand new electric model. It’s known that electric cars are more expensive to buy than their conventional counterparts, so this isn’t suitable for everyone. Hiring an electric vehicle would allow you to dip your toes into the world of electric motoring without huge commitment.

A lot of EV hire companies offer affordable and flexible rental terms on nearly all of the electric cars on the market. There’s plenty of choice out there, so don’t be worried about that. We know the world is moving towards EVs, and they’re certainly going to be around for a while. So making a long term investment in a great vehicle could be the best option for you.

What electric car could I hire?

The electric car you choose is entirely down to you! There are now plenty of different all-electric models available from a range of different manufacturers. Some manufacturers have produced electric models which are identical to their conventional models, like the Vauxhall Corsa-e or Kia Soul EV.

Whereas, others have opted to take advantage of the innovation that comes with designing electric vehicles. Cars like the BMW i3, Polestar 2 and, of course, Tesla’s full range are great examples of EVs that have been designed with the future in mind.

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You might have already heard of some of these EVs, and have a particular one in mind. If you’re not quite sure where to start, we’d recommend working out how far you currently drive per day and per week. This will give you a rough idea of what kind of electric car you’d want and need.

Although the range of electric cars have improved massively, it’s still important to consider how far you want your car to be able to travel before you need to charge it again. Most EV drivers will charge their electric car once a day, but you could get away with charging less frequently depending on the EV you choose!

Delays on EV delivery times

Unfortunately, a lot of the mainstream electric cars have quite long delivery delays. This is also partially due to the ongoing shortage of semiconductor chips, but also because of the rise in EV popularity. 

Vehicles such as the Kia EV6, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and the Tesla range currently have wait times of up to 18 months. That is a long, long time to wait for a fairly pricey electric car. This is yet another reason lots of people are choosing to hire an electric car instead of buying one. 

Many EV rental companies are able to get their hands on the latest all-electric models, meaning they’re able to offer plenty of options for their customers. Here at EVision Electric Vehicles, we have over 1,000 pure electric models available right now, including the ones that have long delays!

Advantages when you hire an electric car at EVision

When you hire an electric car from EVision, you’ll have total peace of mind knowing that all of our electric vehicles are charged using 100% renewable energy. But, we also offer some great benefits, including:

  • Free Supercharging for all Tesla rentals
  • No long term leasing contracts
  • Full maintenance and servicing costs are covered by us
  • Multi-car discounts for fleet customers
  • Free industrial, commercial or home vehicle charge point for hires over 12 months

* All information correct as of 10/06/2022.

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