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Volkswagen Electric Overview


Unless you have been living on the Skelligs with Luke Skywalker for the last few years, you won't have missed the growing interest in electric cars. With climate change on the minds of the public, politicians and governments all over the world, the idea of driving while creating minimal or zero emissions is very much a talking point, and something that is quickly gaining momentum with the car-buying public. All sorts of ideas have been thought of to try and lower emissions in cars and, to a certain extent, these ideas have helped cars to become cleaner, with our newest diesel & petrol engines being the cleanest they have ever been in terms of NOx and CO2, but engines burning fuel will never have zero emissions. This is where electric and hybrid cars come in. Full electric and hybrid cars can drive using only their battery and produce no emissions at all.

The clever people at Volkswagen have been busy designing new cars that we have never had before which are purely electric. We now currently have an e-Up!, ID.3, ID.4 and all new ID.5. This along with an extensive range of PHEV (Plug-In Hybrid) models which have been proving extremely popular, especially with company car drivers, since their respective launches. Our range of cars that have been designed from the ground up continues to grow. Just Google "Volkswagen ID" and you will be bombarded with images and text all about our newest models that will be appearing over the next few years, the most recent being the all new crossover SUV ID.5 which followed on from the Tiguan sized ID.4 which launched in 2021. 

So, should I go electric?
Deciding to switch to an electric car might feel like a big step, but there are plenty of advantages you could benefit from. For example, Government grants and low running costs could save you a small fortune while new technologies mean electric cars can go further than ever before. If you run a business, we have a range of offers to make running an all-electric fleet cheaper and easier. 

Switch and save
When you make the switch to an electric vehicle, the savings can quickly add up. Also, discover the generous Government grants that make purchasing a new electric car cheaper and our fleet offers for business owners looking to embrace the electric revolution. 

Cost of ownership
All in all, the overall costs for an ID.3 are expected to be at the same level as a comparable combustion engine vehicle – or even lower. Thanks to attractive prices and leasing instalments, expected government funding, good residual values and lower maintenance costs.

Easier to run
Electric cars not only cost less for the Earth, but also cost you less to run. Electricity is far cheaper than petrol or diesel, meaning you could reduce your running costs by up to a third.

Easier to service
Battery. Motor. Converter. That’s all an electric car needs. With fewer parts, it’s easier to diagnose problems and cheaper to fix them. Plug-in hybrids are also easier to maintain because their petrol engines are used less frequently.

Easier to protect
Electric cars are often cheaper to insure than their petrol equivalents. Take the Golf GTE for example, its insurance band is 25E whereas the TSI Golf GTI is in 39E. Given that insurance groups go from 1-50 in ascending order of cost, this could make you a substantial saving.

Make tax less taxing: VED and BiK rates
Electric vehicles 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. If you choose an electric car as your company car, you’ll also pay no Benefit-in-Kind (BiK) tax.

Forward-looking
The value stability of electric vehicles depends primarily on two factors: a competitive range and the durability of the battery. In both cases, you can sit back and relax in the new ID range.

On the one hand, the ID range of vehicles offers much longer ranges than most previous electric vehicles, making it suitable for everyday use and ensuring that it remains competitive for years to come. On the other hand, all ID. models come with a battery guarantee for eight years or 100,000 miles/160,000 km.

On the whole, we are expecting your ID to reach the same residual value as a similar combustion engine vehicle in future.

More sustainable at a similar cost
All in all, the overall costs for an ID.3 are expected to be at the same level as a comparable combustion engine vehicle – or even lower. Thanks to attractive prices and leasing instalments, expected government funding, good residual values and lower maintenance costs.

On top of that, you get to feel good about making an important contribution to the environment, which is not only good for you but, above all, generations to come.

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