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Costs of Owning and Running ULEVsBack

Technology involving the further development and refinement of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) is ever increasing.

While the government aims that every new registered vehicle by 2040 will be a ULEV, there are still a wide number of misconceptions about the facts of owning such a vehicle.

A recent survey* revealed that more than 44% of people would be put off buying a ULEV due to cost implications.

Read on to find out about some of the costs involved with ULEV ownership, and why switching to ultra-low could save you more than you thought.

Upfront vehicle costs

With over 20 models currently on the market, there is already a ULEV to suit virtually every budget. This is only going to increase- Volkswagen alone have announced over 30 new electric models expected to launch by 2025- so ULEVs are more competitively priced than ever.

On top of this, the government Plug-in Car Grant (PiCG) gives up to £4,500 towards the purchase price of a new eligible ULEV, and will be on offer until March 2018.

Category 1 vehicles are eligible for the full £4,500 grant, and have a zero-emission range of 70 miles and CO2 emissions of under 50g/km. Prices after PiCG can take starting prices of the popular Renault Zoe supermini down to £13,995, and the award-winning Nissan Leaf to £21,680.

Fuel costs

While conventional fuel costs average 12p per mile, charging a vehicle electrically can slash these costs by up to 90%. A typical pure electric car with a 24kWh battery and range of 100 miles will cost around £3 to fully charge, meaning ‘fuel’ is as little as 3p per mile. Some models come in even cheaper at 2p per mile.

As well as direct fuel savings, some ULEVs are also exempt from road tax and other costs. In central London for example, pure electric cars can completely avoid the £11.50 per day congestion charge, which over the course of a year with regular visits could save thousands.

Cost of charging points

Another factor to consider for plug-in ULEV owners is the cost of installing a charging point at home. But with the government’s Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS) in place, this purchase does not need to be a worry.

The EVHS provides grants to cover up to 75% of a chargepoint and associated installation costs, capped at £500 per household. This can reduce costs to as little as a couple of hundred pounds, depending on connector installed.

Overall costs

While it can be difficult to think beyond upfront showroom costs of a vehicle, the most important thing to consider with ULEV ownership is the total cost over a longer time period. This total cost of ownership factors in depreciation, fuel costs and servicing, and is a much clearer picture of the potentially huge savings which can be had with a ULEV.

Data collected by Go Ultra Low shows cost comparisons between conventional vehicles and the range of ULEVs on the market over a three year period, and can be seen on their website here.

So while the initial cost of a ULEV might look intimidating, total cost of ownership after three years can actually be financially beneficial.

With the automotive industry and government working together to promote and implement the shift towards low carbon transport, there has never been a better time to consider a cleaner alternative.

*survey was conducted by Acceleris between January and February 2017 from a total of 1000 respondents.

Trusted Dealers have partnered with the Energy Saving Trust to host a number of special ULEV events, led by industry experts, in six cities across the UK. To find out more and to register your interest, click here.

Posted by Maddie Parker on 13/04/2017