Motability customers could be saving themselves as much as £840 a year in fuel savings by driving electric, as it only costs between 2 and 4 pence per mile* to charge the battery in an electric vehicle. As well as being far cheaper to run, 100% electric vehicles are also more environmentally friendly, with zero harmful emissions released from the exhaust pipe.
With electric Motability cars now available to order from manufacturers including Vauxhall, DS, Renault, Hyundai, BMW and smart, if your Motability renewal is fast approaching or if you’re a new to scheme customer, now could be the right time to make the switch to electric.
Smart EQ Fortwo
Smart has recently become the world's first automotive manufacturer to switch from combustion engines to 100% electric-only powertrains across all their models.
The smart EQ fortwo is a charming piece of electric drive technology that works extremely well, drives nicely and seems a perfect technological fit. If you only do short journeys and can manage with just two seats in your car, the smart EQ fortwo may be the Motability car for you.
Range: Up to 70 Miles
An updated version of the smart fortwo with a range of up to 99 miles will be available in 2020.
Smart EQ Forfour
The Smart EQ forfour is the bigger brother of the fortwo, with room for four people and decent luggage space too. It has a range of up to 67 miles (slightly less than the EQ fortwo) which should be more than enough if you only have a short daily commute or just need to get around town.
This smart car appears to have the basics just about right, and in urban areas particularly, it makes real sense.
Range: Up to 67 Miles
An updated version of the smart forfour with a range of up to 95 miles will be available in 2020.
Renault ZOE Electric
Renault introduced the 100% electric ZOE in 2012, and it quickly became the benchmark for small and relatively affordable electric cars. With a quality interior and smart infotainment systems, the inside of a Renault ZOE is a nice place to sit. It’s also a simple car to drive, with a decent range and a smart, distinctive appearance. The ZOE could be the right electric car for Motability customers who do most of their driving in and around towns and cities.
Range: Up to 186 Miles
An updated version of the ZOE with a 245 mile range will be available in 2020.
The BMW i3 joined the Motabiity Scheme in the summer of 2019 and it’s been a popular choice for Motability drivers ever since. It’s unashamedly high-end - you only need to look at the materials it's built from to appreciate that - and as a result it's much more exotic than a conventionally-powered rival with a premium badge. The BMW i3 is also fun to drive and fast when it needs to be. It’s practical as well, with large doors and a high driving position that many Motability customer will love.
Range: Up to 193 Miles
Hyundai IONIQ Electric
Don't under-estimate the scale of what Hyundai has done with the IONIQ Electric. To come from nowhere and deliver a car as competitive as the IONIQ Electric is a considerable achievement, particularly when the car in question can undercut much of the opposition so significantly on price.
Of course, it's not perfect. The looks aren't especially arresting, and some rivals can offer you a fraction more all-electric driving range. Still, if you can accept that, get on with the styling and adjust to the frugally-focused manner this car will encourage you to drive in, then we think you'll probably like mostly everything else about it.
Range: Up to 194 Miles
DS3 Crossback E-TENSE
The DS3 Crossback E-TENSE is the first 100% electric vehicle from DS Automobiles. It’s positioned as a luxury compact SUV, combining advanced technology with a level of comfort and refinement that DS cars are famous for. It uses the same 50kWh lithium-ion battery as the Corsa-e so it can also be re-charged to 80% of its capacity in just 30 minutes with a rapid charger, or in five hours with an 11kW wallbox. With a full battery, 186 miles of WLTP-rated driving is possible. The DS3 Crossback E-Tense is quick as well, sprinting from 0 to 30mph in just 3 seconds and reaching 62mph in 8.7s.
Range: Up to 186 miles
The DS3 Crossback E-TENSE is available to order now through the Motability Scheme at DS dealerships nationwide. The first deliveries of the DS3 E-TENSE are expected in the spring of 2020.
If you want to drive a British brand but you also want to keep your carbon footprint as small as possible, there’s only one car for you. The all-electric Corsa-e from Vauxhall claims a WLTP-rated driving range between charges of up to 211 miles. And fast charging at the rate of 100kW is available via a CCS socket hidden behind the fuel cap, with an 0-80% charge achievable in around 30 minutes. If you install a wallbox at home, you can recharge the battery from empty in around five hours if you have an 11kW electricity supply - or in around eight hours with a 7.4kW supply.
Range: Up to 211 miles
The Vauxhall Corsa-e is available to order now through the Motability Scheme at Vauxhall dealerships nationwide. The first deliveries of the Corsa-e are expected in the spring of 2020.
The visual differences between the Peugeot e-208 and the 'standard' 208 are so subtle you'd struggle to tell the difference between these two models, except for the ‘e’ badge that Peugeot have helpfully placed on the side of the vehicle and obviously the charging point.
This car is built on the same modular platform as the Vauxhall Corsa-e, so unsurprising the Peugeot e-208 shares much of its tech with the Corsa-e, including the 50kWh lithium-ion battery and motor which gives it a WLTP range of 211 miles. This, Peugeot argues, is enough for typical drivers to only have to charge the vehicle once a week. Like the Corsa-e, fast charging is available, with an 0-80% charge achievable in around 30 minutes.
Range: Up to 211 miles
The Peugeot e-208 is available to order now through the Motability Scheme at Peugeot dealerships nationwide. The first deliveries of the e-208 are expected in the spring of 2020.
New 100% Electric Cars Released In 2020
In 2020 more electric cars will appear in new car showrooms here in the UK and on the Motability Scheme list. Electric vehicles that we expect to be available to order through Motability in 2020 include the MG ZS EV, the Peugeot e-2008, the Skoda Citigo-e, the SEAT Mii Electric, the Volkswagen e-UP! and the FIAT 500e.
Charging Your Electric Motability Car
Most Motability drivers will choose to charge their electric vehicle at home overnight, waking up every morning to a full battery for the day ahead.
Charging an electric vehicle at home using a dedicated home charging point is the simple, cost efficient way to charge up your car. A compact, all-weather charging unit can be installed at your home, and the cost of this is sometimes included (or subsidised) with the lease of the vehicle. Once installed (by a qualified specialist installer) you’ll be able to plug in and charge your vehicle to full capacity in around 8 hours.
Choose a rapid charger and it's even faster, with some cars able to charge to about 80% of their capacity in around 30 minutes. Speak to a Motability Specialists at your local Motability-accredited car dealership to find out more.
Electric Cars & Motability
Choosing an electric Motability car is likely to cost you more upfront than a comparable conventionally powered car, simply because the Advance Payments required to lease an EV are currently much higher. If you want to drive a car with green credentials and you expect to do an above-average number of miles each year in your vehicle, an electric car could make financial sense.
The Benefits Of Electric Vehicles
So, while the initial upfront Advance Payment price of an electric vehicle leased through the Motability Scheme can be higher, this can be offset by lower running costs. Electric vehicles offer a range of savings and benefits including:
- Charging at home costs as little as 2p per mile**. The cost of charging an electric car in the UK varies depending on the location and speed of the charger, but charging at home is a cost-effective way to charge a vehicle.
- There are fewer mechanical components in an electric vehicle when compared to a conventional vehicle, which could mean less visits to the local garage.
- If you live in London, plug-in cars that emit 75g/km CO2 or less are eligible for a 100% discount from the London Congestion Charge.
- Zero emission plug-in vehicles are likely to attract lower or zero charges from Clean Air Zones currently being considered and implemented around the UK (although Blue Badge and Motability customer may be exempt from these charges).
- Free parking and free public charging points for electric vehicles are available in some UK towns and cities.
The Benefits Of The Motability Scheme
The worry-free lease package from Motability includes a choice of around 2000 brand new cars and Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAVs) plus comprehensive insurance, servicing and maintenance, full RAC breakdown assistance, tyre and windscreen replacement cover and a 20,000 miles a year mileage allowance. A selection of popular and helpful adaptations can be also be included with the vehicle at no extra cost.
* £840 per year saving is calculated based on the following:
- Based on 12,000 miles per annum.
- Average UK electricity price is around 14p per kWh.
- Assumes an electric car will travel 3.5 miles per kWh on average.
- Travelling 100 miles in an electric vehicle costs around £4 or 4p per mile.
- Travelling 100 miles in a petrol vehicle costs around £11 or 11p per mile (at £1.25 per litre of fuel).
- Assumes new car fuel consumption of 51.7 miles per gallon.
- Using these figures, 12,000 miles in a electric vehicle would cost around £480, versus £1320 in a petrol vehicle.
** The cost to charge an electric car in the UK varies. Charging a vehicle overnight on a low cost tariff like 'Economy 7' could cost from as little as 7-8p per kWh or around 2p per mile.