Top 5 Electric Cars for Businesses
Electric cars are increasingly on the radar of businesses with regional and nationwide fleets. As major cities like London, Birmingham and Manchester continue to implement Ultra Low Emission Zones (ULEZs) in a bid to save our planet, fleets that need to travel in and out of these areas might be better off looking to the future today. This makes it the perfect time to consider adopting a fleet of electric vehicles (EVs). Particularly as the mileage range of the latest EVs is starting to rise.
You’ll be pleased to find that the benefits of leasing commercial EVs aren’t just environmental; they can improve the bottom line of your business too (a nice win-win). By ditching fossil fuels for cleaner (and, might we add cheaper) electric-powered engines, it’s a chance to improve the sustainability of your business’ fleet too. Not to mention, the UK government is already working hard to improve the efficiency of electric car charging, with £40m in funding set aside for forecourt solar-powered charging systems. So that will make it much easier to roll up and charge up when needed while out on the road.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at five of the leading electric vehicles available for businesses to lease in the UK right now:
Tesla Model 3
The Model 3 is Tesla’s most cost-effective, entry-level EV yet. The base model offers an impressive 254-mile range, while its dual-motor alternative offers an increased 329-mile range and can reach 60mph within an eye-watering 3.2 seconds. The Model 3 features an Autopilot drive assistance function, which can be exceptionally handy during long trips along the motorways.
The Nissan Leaf is arguably the most commonly known brand of EV in the UK. That’s because it was the first mass-market EV to reach these shores. Although the base model of the Leaf offers a range of just 168 miles, it takes only 18 hours to carry out a full charge. Bluetooth connectivity comes as standard, as do heated front seats and steering wheel for ultimate comfort.
Kia’s E-Niro is one of the latest arrivals to the UK EV marketplace. Although its design and shape puts it in the SUV bracket, it has quickly become a very popular option for commercial leasing, due largely to its whopping 282-mile range. The E-Niro features all of the automated safety features you could wish for, including lane following assist and lane keep assist. An ECO+ driving mode also limits maximum speeds and conserves energy usage.
Audi has also got in on the act and released its first mass-market EV, the e-tron. The design and shape of the e-tron are akin to the Audi Q5, with a weight of almost 2,500kg. Despite the weight, this thing can shift to 62mph in under six seconds. It’s also got a range of 248 miles. One really handy feature we discovered was the charging points positioned on both of the vehicle’s front wings, so that you can access charging points from either side of the car.
Last but by no means least, the Renault Zoe is regarded as one of the cheapest EVs on the mass market today. The Zoe is designed exclusively as an EV, with no diesel or petrol variants available. Although officially the Zoe can handle up to 250 miles, in warm and cold conditions it tends to last for no more than 186 and 124 miles respectively. However, at just 20 hours for a full charge, it compares favourably with the likes of the E-Tron (43 hours) and E-Niro (29 hours).
You’ll be pleased to hear that all five of these electric models are available to businesses on commercial eco leasing arrangements at Rivervale Leasing. With zero emissions options, your business can cut costs and do your bit for the wider environment too.
Keen to find out more about commercial car leasing and going green? We’re here to help whenever you need us. Call our friendly and experienced team today on 01273 433 480, or request a callback today.
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