Costs of owning an EV
The costs of owning an EV are comparable to those incurred when owning a petrol or diesel car, or sometimes even lower. The UK Government’s Plug-in car and van grant offers price deductions on a selection of electric vehicles. The grant compensates for up to £2,500 towards the costs of owning a low-emission vehicle. Dealerships include the grant within the vehicle’s price, for cars that cost less than £35,000 including VAT and delivery fees.
Volkswagen vehicles eligible for this grant include the Volkswagen e-Golf, Volkswagen e-up!, Volkswagen ID.3 Pro and Volkswagen ID.3 Pro Performance. Full details can be found here.
In great news for central city drivers, electric vehicles are exempt from London’s congestion charge, saving you up to £27.50 a day. EVs are completely exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), more commonly known as road tax. This is because for cars registered after March 2001, the tax is calculated using the tailpipe’s CO2 emissions. A further bonus, electric cars can also get free parking in many areas of the UK.
Servicing your EV
An electric vehicle service hardly differs from cars with a petrol or diesel motor. Upon service, your vehicle is checked for the usual service items required legally, for example, the braking system, headlights and taillights, and tyre conditions.
An electric vehicle also includes the following specific electrical checks to ensure complete safety:
- Charging cable: a check to ensure the cable is present and it's in good visual condition
- High-voltage battery: a check to review the charge level and recharge if necessary
- High-voltage components and high-voltage cables: a check to inspect these for damage and correct routing and securing of lines
Electric engines also remove the need for oil changes, saving drivers more money.
Washing your EV
Electric cars are safe to drive in the rain and drive through a car wash. Electric cars have all been extensively tested by their manufacturers to ensure top performance in a range of conditions.
On top of this, electric car chargers are weatherproof, and all charge points have been through rigorous safety testing.