Updated November 2023
Making the move to a pure electric vehicle is a huge step, from range anxiety to charging, it’s a completely new way of looking after a car. So as a Car Subscription is one of the fastest-growing services in the motor industry at the moment, it might be worth looking at utilising a rolling monthly car subscription to trial an electric car.
Try before you buy/lease
There aren’t many circumstances where you can actually try a car before you fully commit. Whilst most dealerships offer a simple 10-minute test drive, it doesn’t fully show you how a pure electric vehicle can fit into your day-to-day commute, school run or leisure drive.
A vehicle subscription is an ideal solution to take a pure electric car on a monthly rolling contract and fully evaluate how it will work with you, your business or your family.
Electric Car Subscription Providers
There are a growing number of electric car subscription providers with ONTO and Elmo being an “electric-only” option. There are a huge number of benefits in using one of these providers;
With Elmo offering something very similar to ONTO, their “Electric Only” offering includes vehicles such as the Fiat 500e, Nissan Leaf and the overlooked MG ZS EV.
Again, insurance is included along with breakdown assistance, servicing and insurance, although there is no mention of free charging with these vehicles at the time of writing.
However, unlike other providers, Elmo offers a Carbon offset donation.
Voltric is pretty new to the car subscription market and very similar to how elmo operates with only electric vehicles available. Prices start from £500 and vehicles on offer include the Fiat 500e, Kia eNiro, MG ZS and the Mercedes EQA.
Insurance is included within the monthly rental and there is also a non-refundable activation fee which starts at £199.
12 and 24 month contracts are available but if you want to end this early then an early termination fee applies.
If you are looking at affordable electric car leases, then a Renault Twizy could be yours from just £239 per month. Ezoo has an excellent range of electric vehicles available with insurance included as part of their car subscription package.
Standard monthly mileage is 800 miles per month and you need to be between the age of 25 and 75 years old, this service is unsuitable for Expats as you need to be resident in the UK for at least 1 year.
You can browse the vehicles online and book the vehicle.
Whilst a few of the other providers offer Pure Electric Vehicles, these are usually available alongside traditional combustion-engined vehicles as well as PHEV’s and HEV’s.
Volvo Car Subscriptions offers an excellent range of pure electric vehicles, these do have a minimum term of 90 days but Volvo gives you the ability to actually specify the car, something that the other providers simply don’t offer.
Flexed offer a few electric options including Kia Soul, Kia E-Niro and the Jaguar I-Pace, with just 28 days commitment.
Cocoon offer their electric car range on both flexible car leases and short-term car leases with the brand new Mercedes EQA appearing on both fixed and flexible options, not limited to this model there is also the Audi E-tron GT Saloon, Audi Q4 E-Tron, BMW i4 Coupe, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Mercedes-Benz EQB, EQC, EQE & EQS, MG MG4 & MG5 and the Polestar 2 Fastback.
Tesla Model 3 & Y
We can’t do an electric car subscription article without mentioning the Tesla Model 3 and Y. Whilst this is quite rare on a car subscription there are a few providers who do offer this vehicle from time to time including elmo, Flexigo and Drive Car Flex, many of these firms have a waiting list, so if you did want to get behind the wheel of Elon Musk’s work of art, it is time to add your name to the list.
As more and more manufacturers add pure electric vehicles to their range, car subscriptions will pick these up and you will see the range widening over time.
Manufacturers will want to have their electric cars seen and a car subscription is an ideal way for the company to get their cars on the road whilst at the same time future-proofing their electric car secondhand market.
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