Start Driving Electric now

For a great driving experience in a clean environment and lower costs.

Start Driving Electric now

For a great driving experience in a clean environment and lower costs.
 

Driving electric

Why go electric?

Switching to electric vehicles is one of the best decisions companies can make nowadays. EVs are better for the environment and give drivers a pleasant driving experience.  As cities are introducing low-emission zones and governments are offering incentives, the cost of electric cars is falling. Going electric has never been easier. More and more electric models are becoming available, which is making the transition easier.  LeasePlan will help you to make an easy switch. 

Here is a reminder of the most important reasons for going electric

7 reasons to switch to electric driving

 

1 - Sustainability

Switching to electric is obviously better for the environment. As electric cars do not produce exhaust gases, they help to improve air quality and have lower CO2 emissions than petrol or diesel cars. Even if an electric car is charged with non-renewable energy during its entire life cycle, it will always be more sustainable than a similar car with an internal combustion engine. 

 

2 - Range

The range of electric cars keeps increasing and allows most drivers to use their vehicle on a daily basis without having to charge on the go. The latest generation of electric cars offers an actual range between 300 and 500 km. Charging networks are also rapidly expanding, and the charging technology keeps improving significantly. This means that the range keeps going up and charging times keep going down. Consequently, there is no reason to be afraid that you will not reach your destination (so-called range anxiety). 

3 - Ultimate driving pleasure

Electric vehicles offer a completely different experience with quiet and comfortable journeys for all passengers. In addition, the electric motor is usually more powerful than the internal combustion engine of a comparable car and all that power is also immediately available, which results in truly dynamic driving pleasure. 

Driving an electric car is fun, easy and special because you only have to use one pedal. And you do not need to shift gears either, as all electric cars are automatic. In most cases, you can also control the car's heating remotely, so you can keep warm in winter and cool in summer. Electric vehicles are also much quieter, which results in lower driver stress levels. In most cases, the experience of driving an electric car is sufficient to convince someone of the advantages of going electric.

4 - Availability

More and more electric makes and models are available. Many existing models are already available today, and more and more new models are entering the market. Car manufacturers are investing more in electric cars. Almost all popular makes intend to offer one or more electric models.

 

5 - Taxes

Government initiatives are making electric vehicles more attractive by reducing the tax for their drivers. In Belgium, all tax rules are currently linked to CO2 emissions. Consequently, electric cars are associated with better tax benefits (for the employer) and lower benefit in kind taxes (for the employee).

 

6 - Guaranteed access to low-emission zones

Cars with internal combustion engines are being kept out of city centres because of the harmful air pollution they cause. Over 200 cities including London, Amsterdam, Stuttgart and Stockholm have already implemented low-emission zones. In Belgium, the most polluting internal combustion engine cars are currently also banned in Brussels, Antwerp and Ghent. Electric cars will guarantee you access to those low-emission zones.

7 - Cheaper

The electricity you use to charge your vehicle is much cheaper than fossil fuels. Electric cars also offer attractive tax benefits and are therefore becoming more and more affordable.

In addition, electric cars require less maintenance, which also saves a lot of money. This is because an electric motor has fewer moving parts than an internal combustion engine. The architecture is also much simpler and is therefore less susceptible to wear and tear. So no more oil or air filters, spark plugs, drive belts or clutches to be replaced and oil to be changed. And since electric cars are equipped with regenerative braking systems (which basically act like an engine brake), their brake wear is also lower than a conventional vehicle's. 

Hybrid or electric: what is the difference?

It is impossible to imagine a world without electric vehicles. And the good news is that there are many ways to drive an electric vehicle. But what is the difference between a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid and a fully electric vehicle?

Hybrid

A hybrid is powered by a combination of an electric motor and an internal combustion engine. It only uses the electric motor when accelerating and at speeds of up to 25 km/h, which makes it an ideal vehicle for cities. If the speed goes up, the internal combustion engine kicks in. The electric motor is charged every time you brake while driving.

Plug-in hybrid

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) have an internal combustion engine and a battery, just like a hybrid. But in addition to charging the battery while you are driving, you mainly charge it by plugging it in at home or on the go. This gives plug-in hybrids a far greater range than parallel hybrids.

Electric

A battery electric vehicle (BEV) is powered by a large battery that is connected to at least one electric motor. There is no petrol, gas or diesel involved, so there is no problem. Battery electric vehicles are becoming increasingly common and affordable thanks to rapid innovations by relatively new companies such as Tesla and established car manufacturers such as Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Volkswagen and Nissan.

What is more, the charging infrastructure and technology is developing and improving all the time, while the charging network has grown exponentially in recent years in North America, Europe and China in particular.

With lower costs, an influx of new makes and models, and waning range anxiety now that so many charging stations are springing up everywhere, it has never been easier or more attractive to go electric.

Choice of various electric models

Choice of various electric models

 

Range

The range of electric cars keeps increasing and allows most drivers to use their vehicle on a daily basis without having to charge on the go. The latest generation of electric cars offers an actual range between 300 and 500 km. 

The range of an electric vehicle depends on the model. The range is specified by the manufacturer based on the Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure standard (WLTP). This is a new measurement procedure for cars. It was created to provide a more realistic picture of actual fuel consumption. In practice, the actual range depends heavily on a number of factors, such as your personal driving style, the weather conditions and whether you drive on the motorway a lot.

Charging networks are also rapidly expanding, and the charging technology keeps improving significantly. This means that the range keeps going up and charging times keep going down. Consequently, there is no reason to be afraid that you will not reach your destination (so-called range anxiety). 

Combine an electric vehicle with driving holidays: use a Holiday Car for complete peace of mind.

One of the main concerns (potential) drivers of electric vehicles have is their annual driving holiday. Of course, with some planning, it is perfectly feasible to travel to Southern Europe in an electric car. LeasePlan offer customers who want to go on hassle-free road trips peace of mind with its new service: Holiday Car. 

Learn more about Holiday Car

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