Are there going to be genuine luxury electric vehicles?
To answer this question very bluntly – yes there are some exceptional luxury and prestige electric car options, including the AUDI E-TRON 300kW Quattro 95kWh shown below.
While Tesla have already had a monopoly on the electric car market, with their Tesla Model S and X (both of which can cost in and around £100,000), some of the more well-known manufacturers have been quickly shifting much of their investment into EVs in an effort to combat this market dominance.
Which electric vehicle should I, or my business, lease?
The Mercedes EQC, Jaguar I-Pace and the AUDI E-TRON 300kW Quattro 95kWh are some of the foremost options to consider to lease. Which is most suitable will depend on a number of key factors – vehicle aesthetics, charging times, vehicle range and budget. Where EVs are probably a little different to your normal petrol/diesel conundrums is the addition of charging capabilities and range.
Without doubt the main obstacle to “going alternative” is the ability of the vehicle to meet the needs of the customer and their driving behaviours/styles. If I commute over 20,000 miles per annum could I realistically have an electric car? These are not uncommon questions and they do need some thought and consideration as it isn’t a simple yes or no response.
Important considerations when choosing Your new Electric Car
When you make the decision to go fully electric (perhaps you may use our choosing the right fuel guide you do need to be distinctly aware of one key facet – there is a lithium-ion battery powering the vehicle and this must be charged in order to propel the vehicle! If you do not charge a vehicle, like a car without enough fuel, it simply will not work.
As part of our due diligence we will ascertain from the customer to what extent they understand their charging obligations and the types of journey they undertake while considering this against the charging infrastructure they have available to them. Not every vehicle will offer the same “range” as well; this is similar to when you consider the combined MPG of a petrol/diesel vehicle in that there is no one standard size or approach.Find an Electric Car Lease Deal
For an EV you may have a range of 125 to 350 miles depending on the car. Where a hybrid/PHEV has the support of the combustion engine, the pure EV is reliant on the electric element only. One of your first questions should be how far do I travel each day? What is my annual mileage?
The more miles you cover and the longer the journeys, the more pressure there is on choosing the right vehicle. It is not always the case that the bigger ranges are more expensive; it is more about battery development and evolution. Some of the newer models due into the market should see 250 – 300 ranges as common.
But how long does it take to charge an electric car? Do I have to charge an EV every day?
Like many questions we will be asked, this is not a straightforward one and will often be subject to caveats and “it depends” responses. Due to manufacturer differences, there is no one answer to the question. In terms of the frequency of charging, this is likely to depend on your daily commute coupled with the range of the vehicle. If you have a Model 3 Tesla covering 50 miles per day, you may need to charge every 4-5 days whereas an e-Golf may be every 2 days or so.
Every car has a different battery capacity – shown as kWh on our CAP data description – plus different weights and power demands. It is purely a mathematical question as to the frequency of charging; the only other element is the weather in that the colder climate leads to more inefficiencies. On the time it takes to charge a car, the answer will depends on what it is charging the vehicle – are you plugging it into a standard socket? A 7kW home charge point? A 22kW fast workplace charge point? A rapid 150kW DC charge point?
When you take an EV you need to consider charging infrastructure. In an ideal world, you would have a 7kW charge point at home with the added benefit of a faster 22kW (AC) charge point at work. The reality is that not everyone has a separate drive and a charge point at home may not be possible. While there are “curb-side” charge points emerging in busy urban environments, these are not a worldwide solution yet.
Charging your EV: considerations for the work place
For work charging, you will see more and more employers adopting this but not every premises has these yet. You will also have demand for the chargers and so the ability to charge daily may be reduced. Speak to your employer about putting in place a designated rota to remove any arguments or conflict which will arise.
Where you consider the solution, you will probably think which is the best charge point for me? Every car can charge at a certain rate, for example an e-Golf charges at 7kW AC per hour, an E-Tron at circa 11kW AC and a Model 3 Tesla at 17kW AC. Some vehicles, regardless of the power of the charge point ,are limited to that amount. If you plug an E-Golf into a 22kW charge point it just won’t charge any quicker than the 7kW capability.
While you may think there is no point investing in a better charger, you need to future-proof your requirements, as further cars will be better and charge quicker. In particular, if you are on a rota at work, you may only be able to charge for 3-4 hours; if you can get 11kW rather than 7Kw, you will gain an addition 28kW for that sessions – for many cars this is 1/3 of the battery! This is why you should not shortcut on this element.
What about the quicker rapid chargers for my EV?
Many service stations are investing in the rapid solutions (DC) which can offer between 50 and 150 kw per hour. Using a tool, like Zap Map, will help you identify where these are and what availability they have. If you are travelling up and down the motorway these represent a great stop off and charge solution – in 30 mins you can quickly top-up the car.
You will also note there are some Tesla charge points available but do note these are for Tesla vehicles only. You need to identify some of the other charging solutions via Ecotricity, Polar EV etc. It is unlikely many households or workplaces will offer DC charging due to our electric infrastructure and the costs involved.
For rapid charge solutions just note that the cables will be slightly different – you will probably use a CCS solution to plug into your vehicle rather than the Type-2 solution which are for AC charging sessions. Ask your supplier or broker to send you pictures of these charging solutions so you understand what goes where!
The crucial point is to do your research. Do not be simply led by monthly price or looks of the vehicle. Do a simply analysis of your journey, infrastructure and driving styles and choose a vehicle which meets your long-term needs and requirements.
Details of the new Audi E-Tron 300kW Quattro 95kWh the eCarLease team delivered
In terms of the car shown, the AUDI E-TRON ESTATE SPECIAL EDITIONS 300kW 55 Quattro 95kWh Launch Edition 5dr Auto, this is based on the following configuration:
Galaxy Blue Metallic Paint
Valcona leather – Flint grey with orange stitching contour comfort front seats
Dark matt brushed aluminium inlay
21″ 5 arm turbine contrasting grey design alloy wheels
Black roof rails
4 zone deluxe automatic climate control
Comfort and Sound pack – E-tron
Extended leather pack – E-tron
Interior design selection pack – E-tron
CAT 5 GPS Tracker (dealer fitted)
As standard the car includes heated front seats, Audi sound system, front/rear mats, LED interior lighting package, 360 degree camera, valcona leather upholstery, heat insulating glass, 21” alloys, 2 zone air conditioning, privacy glass, adaptive air suspension, Audi phone box with wireless charging, adaptive cruise control.
Audi side assist with pre0sense rear and rear cross alert, traffic sign recognition, collision avoidance assist, lane departure warning with emergency assist, parking system plus, predictive efficiency assistant, progressive steering, body coloured externals, MMI navigation plus, auto dimming rear view mirror, virtual exterior mirrors, DAB radio, fixed panoramic glass sunroof, virtual cockpit plus, Audi smart matrix LED headlights.
Audi beam, LED rear lights, AC and DC charging access on the drivers side with a second AC o the passenger side, pre-conditioning, electric steering wheel adjustment, multifunction steering wheel with shift paddles, black styling pack, 4-way lumbar support for front seats, keyless go, anti-theft alarm. On the additional manufacturer options consider – head up display, Bang & Olufsen music system and heated rear seats.
On the technical-side company car and business users can note the P11d at £83,005.00 and CO2 at 0g/km. The 95KwH battery delivers a range of 222 (WLTP), 408ps and 0-62 times of 5.7 seconds. The E-Tron can charge at 11kW AC in circa 9 hours, whereas a 7kW will be more like 12 hours but a 150kW DC will be just under 1 hour. Service intervals on the electric Audi are every 24 months or 18,000 miles whichever lands sooner.
Would the Audi E-Tron 300kW Quattro 95kWh be your select car leasing option? Or would you be going elsewhere for you next EV?