Today is World EV Day! And we’re excited to celebrate a day dedicated to the vehicles which are the future of driving.

What Are EVs?

EVs are electric powered vehicles that have an electric motor and battery to power them rather than an internal combustion engine as you have in a petrol or diesel car.

Electric vehicles can be full EVs or hybrids that have both an electric motor and combustion engine.

In this piece we’ll focus on full EVs as that’s what World EV Day is designed to celebrate but we do have more detailed pages on hybrid cars and the benefits of them if you think they might be better suited for you.

What is World EV Day?

World EV Day is a day designed to promote EVs and to celebrate them as a greener choice that’s better for drivers, other road users and the world as a whole.

This day is celebrated by car manufacturers, drivers, businesses and politicians around the globe and we’re excited to be celebrating as well.

Benefits of Electric Cars

There are many benefits of driving an electric car but some of the best include:

1. Zero emissions reduces air and noise pollution making your driving environment nicer and healthier for those around you.

2. Lower running costs; it’s cheaper to charge an EV than it is to fill a tank of fuel, maintenance costs are generally lower due to fewer moving parts, lower tax and exemption from congestion charge and similar.

3. Long distance range now achievable with many getting over 300 miles which makes them on par or higher than a petrol vehicle.

Concerns with an EV

Most of the concerns that drivers have when deciding if an EV is right for them fall into two main areas – charging and mileage range.

EV Mileage Range

There has been a lot of investment and development in the EV sector as the car industry as a whole is shifting towards lower emission vehicles and this means that we’re seeing an increase in battery capacity and mileage range across all brands.

Whilst Tesla are still at the top of the pack with the distance as some models of theirs can get over 400 miles between charges many other manufacturers are closing the gap with cars like the Polestar 2 (335), Volkswagen ID.3 (336), BMW iX (380) and Mercedes EQE (410).

With charges widely available and home charging an option for a lot of drivers we recommend not thinking of your EV mileage range the same way you would a tank of fuel but instead see if it meets your daily needs as most drivers will be able to charge daily or every other day.

What Affects the Mileage Range of an EV?

The mileage range is based on WLTP testing however there are a few factors that can make it a little less which is important to keep in mind when you’re looking at EV ranges and whether they’re suitable.

We’ve got a detailed breakdown of all these factors on our guide to EV ranges but the main ones to be aware of are:

  • Your driving style
  • The road you’re driving on
  • The weather
  • Use of additional features (radio, lights, air-con etc)

Charging an EV

As we continue to move towards the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid models the government has diversified its investment in the EV sector with more funds now going towards improving the public charging network and ensuring that there are enough chargers available and they are capable of charging at faster speeds.

Chargers and cars are capable of transferring much higher voltages of electricity than when EVs were first introduced which means that rapid and ultra-rapid speeds are available on the public network to get your car charged as quickly as possible while on the move.

If your property has off-road parking then you will also be able to get a home charger unit so you can charge up overnight. There is currently a grant available to help drivers in rented properties or homeowners in flats to help make EVs more accessible to them.  

Xcite Car Leasing’s EVs

Here at Xcite Car Leasing, we’re proud to offer our customers all the latest in electric and hybrid vehicle leasing and have a range of EV guides designed to help you understand how electric and hybrid cars work, the benefits and drawbacks of driving them and to answer any questions you might have about them.

Top EV Lease Deals at the Minute

We’ve got loads of electric and hybrid deals on our electric leasing page but we wanted to pick our current top three for you to browse below.

Please note: Prices listed below were correct at the time of writing but are subject to change.

Mercedes-Benz EQA 


The Mercedes-Benz EQA is one of the most recent electric Mercedes to hit UK roads. It’s a fully electric compact SUV that you can fit the entire family in with all their luggage and travel for a weekend break on the cost without stopping thanks to it’s 263 mile range.

We’ve got offers starting at £479 per month for personal customers and £399 for businesses, just head over to our EQA leasing page to see them all.

Cupra Born


The Cupra Born is a fully electric model from the relatively new performance focused brand. It’s a five door, five seat hatchback with a range of up to 263 miles and a host of fun features.

We currently have offers on the Born from as little as £381 per month for a personal lease so why not take a look and see if the Born could be your next new car?

Audi e-Tron


The Audi e-Tron was the original electric Audi and it remains one of their most popular models. It’s an SUV with all the finishing touches you expect from Audi and one of the smoothest rides thanks to their adaptive air suspension. For more details and to see our offers, which start from as little as £591 per month, check out the e-Tron leasing page.

You can see these and all our other great electric car leasing deals here and if you have any questions about electric cars then please get in touch on 0330 221 0000, via the call back button in the bottom left of your screen or the chat option in the bottom right.


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