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What is an ultra-low emission vehicle?

Vehicles that emit less than 75g/km CO2 are classified as ultra-low emission vehicles. To be certified as “zero emission”, the vehicle must have ZERO tailpipe emissions.

Importantly therefore, not all ultra-low emission vehicles are purely battery powered. For instance, Plug-in hybrid cars contain both a combustion engine and an electric battery and produce zero tailpipe emissions when driven in electric mode which is ideal when driving the last few miles into the city centre.

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Charging and Range:

How far can Electric vehicles go?

Fully electric vehicles now have an average range between 30 and 100 miles making pure electric driving easier than ever before.

If your day-to-day life does not suit an EV, but you want the benefits of taking a Green Leap a plug-in hybrid vehicle provides around 20-40 miles battery range in addition to a standard 300 miles plus petrol tank.

Where can I charge?

A crucial element of electric driving is that most of your charging occurs at your home.

The average UK commute is about 15 miles, and when becoming a member of the Green Leaps community you will have a state-of-the-art charging station installed at your house. This means every morning when you wake up you will have a full tank ready to tackle the day. No more waiting in line for fuel. As an EV driver you will have the fuel station on your doorstep, and always accessible.

However, if you do ever need to fill up there are over 30,000 public chargepoint connectors at over 10,000 locations available in the UK. To find one near you, see Zap map’s interactive charging map.

How much does charging cost?

Driving on electric power, whether that be in EV mode on your plug-in hybrid or in a pure electric vehicle, is vastly cheaper than fossil fuels.

A study by ‘Go Ultra Low’ found approximately 200 miles of driving in a Nissan Leaf costs around £2.35, which equates to 1.2p per mile.

How long does it take to charge an electric vehicle?

Different chargers offer different charging speeds.

Rapid chargers, the type you would use when on a long journey and stopping at a motorway service station, take under an hour but from experience about 30 minutes. After 250 miles of driving however taking a 30-minute break is needed.

The home charger Green Leaps install and provide will take between 4-10 hours to fully charge your EV. However, its important to remember this charging will take place at night when asleep or spending time with family and friends.

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Savings and incentives:

Are there tax incentives for Ultra-low emission vehicles?

The clearest saving when driving a fully or partial electric vehicle is the reduced fuel costs. If you opt for a 100% electric vehicle you will go from paying roughly £50 for a tank of fuel to around £2.35 per every 200 miles.

However, there are also a range of tax incentives. For example, by driving an electric vehicle you pay little or no road tax as fully electric vehicles costing under £40,000 are exempt from these charges.

In addition to tax savings, EV owners are also exempt from most congestion charge and low emission zone taxes in big cities which are only increasing in prevalence.

Added up, these result in tremendous savings making the monthly payments we offer you even cheaper!

Are Government Grants available?

Yes! The plug-in car grant or plug-in van grant subsidies the cost of a new vehicle by up to £3,000 for a new car and £8,000 for a new van. This helps cover some of the cost of buying a new EV.

Equally, by working with Green Leaps we can claim £350 for you off the installation of your new home charging point.

How much benefit in kind (BIK) do I pay on ultra-low emission vehicles?

On purely electric vehicles you pay £0 benefit in kind (BIK). This amounts to tremendous monthly savings that you can instead invest in meals out with friends, pints at the pub or a new outfit for the weekend.

Will I have to pay new car tax?

No! On new electric vehicles costing under £40,000 you pay £0 in new car tax. This is compared to £140 a year for new petrol or diesel vehicles and £130 a year for alternative fuel vehicles (plug-in hybrids, bioethanol and LPG).

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Service and maintenance:

Do electric vehicles need service and maintenance?

With no need for oil or filters, no complicated gearbox and no clutch, there is far less to regularly maintain in an electric vehicle than in a combustion engine driven car. This means they require far less servicing and maintenance.

Can I save money on service charges for my electric vehicles?

Yes, the majority of serving and maintenance charges for EVs are on diagnostics and electric dashboard systems rather than on replacement parts and repairs. This drastically drops the cost of servicing and because most manufacturers carry out actual servicing, you’re likely to save a considerable amount.

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Businesses:

Can my business switch to electric vehicles?

Switching to EVs for your business or fleet could save your company significant sums in vehicle maintenance and related overheads.

How much could my business save by switching to electric vehicles?

You could save your business thousands of pounds by switching to electric vehicles. Cost savings on fuel account for a large percentage of this, however additional savings on tax, maintenance and servicing fees and running costs all make switching even better for your company’s bottom line.

What type of electric vehicles are available for business?

There is an EV to suit every type of business from large courier companies to local bakeries, trades businesses and more

How do electric vans and petrol vans compare?

In addition to the tax and congestion charge savings, one of the biggest differences between electric and petrol vans is the fuel savings.

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Environmental benefits:

How do electric vehicles benefit the environment?

EVs benefit the environment by producing drastically lower levels of harmful greenhouse emissions. Some EVs have zero tailpipe emissions while others have ultra-low emissions of below 75g/kg CO2. By emitting less carbon into the atmosphere, EV drivers are helping improve local air quality.

What is the cleanest type of electric vehicle?

Fully electric and hyrdogren fuel cell cars have zero tailpipe emissions making them greener, cleaner and better for the environment than petrol or diesel cars.

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