This one-stop-shop helps drivers switch to electric vehicles

The one stop shop for drivers to simply switch to an electric car with leasing, home charging and insurance available from £340 per month

  • LV= General Insurance launches a one-stop shop for switching to electric cars
  • Drivers can hire an electric car from £340 a month via its EV site: ElectriX
  • Rent an EV, buy a home charger and get tailored EV insurance all in one place
  • Electric cars accounted for over 10% of all UK car registrations in 2021

Unlike traditional petrol or diesel cars, it can seem a bit daunting to switch to an electric vehicle, especially if you’ve never driven one before.

With so much to consider, from which model to use to install a home charger to finding an affordable energy tariff – especially in today’s climate – it’s understandable to be put off by the process, which is still in its infancy.

However, more and more options are being offered with all-in-one packages helping to make the transition smoother.

Many drivers want to switch to an electric car, but are confused or put off by the upfront costs, fear of the unknown in terms of range and battery life, or the challenges of charging on the road.

Battery electric cars accounted for over 10% of all UK car registrations in 2021 and over 15% of new car sales in June 2022 alone as drivers ditch petrol

That hasn’t stopped the UK electric car market from taking off.

Battery electric cars accounted for over 10% of all UK car registrations in 2021 and over 15% of new car sales in June 2022 alone.

Despite this, recent reports claim that motorists will have to wait between 12 and 24 months to get their hands on a new electric car.

However, drivers could get their hands on an electric car sooner, as LV=General Insurance has launched a one-stop shop for drivers to make the switch easier.

The brand’s ElectriX aims to make electric car ownership easier by working with vehicle leasing experts CBVC Vehicle Management, providing home charging through leading provider Indra and offering bespoke insurance.

The EV platform also aims to deliver their vehicle to the driver’s door as quickly as possible, with some cars available immediately.

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Hundreds of electric cars are available, including the Renault ZOE, Hyundai KONA, Volkswagen ID.3 and Peugeot 208.

Rental prices start from £238 per month to hire a new electric vehicle, or £340 per month including charging station, insurance and rental.

The home charging solution with Indra also offers drivers the option to pre-purchase a Smart PRO home charger and have it installed, which is compatible with all electric cars.

The charger is designed to help drivers charge their car from home when it’s cheapest and most convenient for them, with speeds of up to 7.4kW increasing the range of an electric car by 30 miles in one hour.

Chargepoint prices start at £1,149, with up to 15m of mains supply wiring, plus a 5m charging cable designed to fit all EVs.

The charging pack also includes a series of smart features, including a personal charging schedule, solar compatibility, automatic software updates and household fuse protection.

Electric car insurance by LV= covers you in the event of a power outage and breakdown, either via 30-minute charging on the side of the road or transport to the nearest charging station

Electric car insurance by LV= covers you in the event of a power outage and breakdown, either via 30-minute charging on the side of the road or transport to the nearest charging station

The insurance provided by LV= includes coverage for home charging cables and wall boxes, the supply of electric courtesy cars and access to a network of specialist electric car repairers across the country.

It also covers drivers if they run out of charge, either via a 30-minute roadside charge or transport to the nearest charging unit, as well as a quote validity of 90 days and LV = Britannia Rescue breakdown cover.

The new platform also offers useful tips and advice, designed to give drivers confidence in electric cars and how to get the most out of them.

Octopus Electric Vehicles also recently launched its own electric car package last week, with long-term electric car leases, home charging and an EV-specific energy tariff available from £430.

Gill Nowell, Head of EV Communications at ElectriX, said: “Electric cars are our future and are rapidly gaining popularity as great cars to own and drive.

“The tide is turning in favor of zero tailpipe emissions vehicles, with battery electric cars accounting for 16% of car sales in the first half of 2022, but we still have a long way to go. This is where ElectriX comes in.

“We want to make owning an electric car simpler, so we’re giving drivers who are considering switching access to helpful information, products and services, demystifying some of the common jargon used and being a source of truth when this is zero-exhaust driving.

Mike Manners, Managing Director of CBVC Vehicle Management, said, “We are absolutely delighted to be working with ElectriX.

“The transition to electric vehicles is so critical and thanks to our shared know-how, we are delighted to now be able to offer consumers a truly exciting and affordable route to electric cars.

“ElectriX not only makes things really easy for the customer, but also gives access to a wide range of new vehicles right now.”

Leighton King, Commercial Director at Indra, also added: “We are delighted to begin this new partnership with ElectriX; it’s a great endorsement of our best end-to-end EV charging service.

“Our product will play a key role in demonstrating how easy and convenient it can be to own an electric vehicle, which is a natural fit with ElectriX’s customer-centric philosophy.”

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