Why choose an electric car?
Remember the freedom you felt when you first learned to ride a bike? That’s how it feels to drive an electric car. They’re automatic, responsive and quick off the mark, leaving you to concentrate on the driving experience.
By swapping the pump for the plug, you’re also making positive environmental choices:
- Zero emissions at point of driving resulting in improved air quality
- Powered by 100% renewable electricity from Good Energy
- Quieter, creating calmer, more pleasant neighbourhoods
- Over 40% CO2 savings across the lifecycle compared to petrol or diesel
- No mileage costs when you recharge at our charge points, making your trip even more cost effective.
Hiring an EV has been a game-changer for me. A short walk from my house sits a fully-charged, new, comfortable and clean car.
I love the fact that it uses renewables for charging so the electricity actually comes from wind and solar and I glide along the motorway causing no pollution with the car on cruise control and the wind in my hair.
What is not to like? A little lifestyle change and loads more of us can save the planet.
Our electric fleet
The Renault Zoe is the backbone of our ever growing electric fleet. If you’ve never driven electric before, don’t worry. It’s just like plugging in and unplugging a really big appliance!
Our current fleet has a range of around 160 – 180 miles on a full charge. The next generation Zoe, which will be joining our fleet from late 2020, will have a 240 mile range.
Smart, stylish, fun and responsive – once you’ve ‘gone electric’, you’ll never go back.
COMING SOON: electric vans!
What about recharging?
All our electric cars are parked in bays with dedicated 22kw fast charge posts. These take around 2 hours to recharge a car fully.
At the start of your booking, you will need to unplug the car from the post and, at the end, plug it back in so it can recharge ready for the next member.
Full instructions of how to do this can be found in our booking system. There is also a quick start guide in every car and you can view our tutorial video online. If you have any problems, get in touch.
If you only use our dedicated charge point, there’s no mileage to pay. However, if you need to recharge at any other charge point, you are responsible for the cost.
We recommend downloading the Zap Map app so you can easily find your nearest charge point.
Planning a long journey? Ecotricity operate the Electric Highway – a network of over 300 rapid charge points at motorway services up and down the country.
To use, you’ll need to download the Electric Highway app, register for an account and add a payment method. It costs just 30p per unit of energy (or 15p for Ecotricity energy customers).
The maximum charge session is 45 minutes and the app tracks progress so you can see when you’re full charged just by looking at your phone.