The CallmeSavvy Guide To: Electric Vehicles

The CallmeSavvy Guide To: Electric Vehicles

There are plenty of electric vehicles on offer, as well as incentives to own one, but there’s still a lack of knowledge on the subject. Here at CallmeSavvy towers we’ve pulled together some of the key bits of info to help you navigate this often understood means of transportation.


Pure Electric Vehicles

These are vehicles powered solely by on-board batteries. Modern advances mean that these vehicles can typically go 60-100 miles per charge. This makes them ideal for inner city commutes even if there are no charging points in the city as charging can be completed at home. For longer trips though you’ll need charging points at either end for regular travel.

All road vehicles, electric or otherwise, must comply to the same safety and crash standards and so these cars can go anywhere that you’re normal petrol car can travel.


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There are some good offers on the table from the government that are there to encourage ownership.

For cars, there’s 25% on offer, upto a maximum of £5,000, towards the cost and for vans, this is 20% upto a maximum of £8,000

There’s a list of eligible cars and vans on the Department for Transport and life is made particularly easy as the grant comes in the form of a deduction from the retail cost, so there’s no paperwork and no wait for a refund – you just pay less at point of purchase.

The vans come with minimum performance requirements such as a minimum range of 60 miles and a minimum top speed of 50mph to ensure they are fit for purpose.


Running Costs


The lifetime savings achievable with electric vehicles can be vast. The purchase price is higher, but once you are into running costs the benefits are clear:

A 100 mile charge will cost somewhere in the vicinity of £2-£3 against perhaps £10 even for the most fuel-efficient petrol or diesel engine. If you are doing the average daily mileage of around 25 miles a day, then over a week you’ll be saving nearly £10 a week – £500 a year – and that’s against a market leading MPG.

There’s no tax to pay on electric vehicles (£200+ saving depending on the car)

Free parking in many cities (worth upto £1000 in some cases)

Servicing and maintenance costs should be lower as less moving parts to service.

For company car drivers there’s zero BIK tax to pay until 2015.

In London, electric cars do not have to pay the congestion charge, a yearly saving of upto £2,400 per year!


Maximising Range

Like conventional cars, electric cars can benefit from considered driving. Smooth acceleration and braking can help maximise the range from the battery just like it can on petrol & diesel cars.


Recharging Facilities

Recharging facilities are available across the country and points are springing up all over the place. You can find some really useful maps online such as:



It’s likely that you’ll also need to charge your car at home overnight. Users of electric vehicles can now receive funding from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles to install a homecharger. Upto 75% or £900 can be saved off the total capital of installing a home charge point. You can find out more on the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme website.


Living with an Electric Car


There’s no doubt that like with all new technology, there will be teething issues and a lack of real information about effectiveness until they become mainstream. The early adoptors of electric cars are the people that will be incentivised most to use it and will benefit most. One thing is clear though, as the technology progresses and authorities embrace it, more and more of us will be driving electric vehicles.


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