Why choose an electric car on the Motability scheme?
Variety of choices
Thinking of switching to electric for your next Motability vehicle? We’d love to help you on your journey!
Choosing an electric car from the Motability scheme is less expensive than buying or leasing elsewhere. You could also save money on powering your vehicle, by using electricity rather than traditional fuel types.
A great bonus of owning an electric car is that they all have automatic gearboxes. Electric cars don’t need a clutch or gears, so you’ll find just two pedals, the accelerator and brake – making driving far less complicated.
Protect the planet
With zero carbon emissions and a significant reduction in C02, an electric car is much gentler on the environment.
The Motability scheme offers a variety of support when you choose your first electric car on the scheme.
Charging at homes
When you choose to lease your first fully electric car on the Motability scheme, they’ll cover the cost of a home chargepoint and installation at no extra cost.*
Charging on the go
If you don’t have off-street parking and you’re getting your first fully electric car, you’ll be given access to a network of over 9,000 public chargepoint across the country. Be mindful that charging times and costs will vary across the UK.
What electric cars are available on the Motability scheme?
At Arnold Clark, we always have a wide variety of cars available on the Motability scheme and it’s no different for EVs. You can choose your brand-new electric vehicle from as little as £0 advance payment.
You may hear people use the term ‘range anxiety’ when electric cars are being discussed. It’s true that you wouldn’t be able to achieve the same number of miles in a fully charged electric car as you would from a traditionally fuelled vehicle.
However, a large number of EVs can travel over 100 miles on a single full charge and the majority of journeys made in the UK on a day-to-day basis are less than 30 miles.
We understand that making the switch to electric can be an overwhelming thought. That’s why we’ve partnered up with our Innovation Centre and created an event designed specifically for our Motability customers to learn everything you need to know about electric vehicles.
Watch our video below to see what you would get up to if you came along to one of our events in the future.
The Arnold ClarkElectric Motability Scheme ExperienceJune 2022
If you’d like to come to one of our future Electric Motability Scheme Experience events, then register your interest below and we’ll be in touch when we’re hosting the next event.
Can I get an electric car on the Motability scheme?
Yes. There are lots of electric and hybrid car options for Motability customers from as little as £0 advance payment.
Where can I find a local electric car chargepoint for my Motability vehicle?
There are lots of apps available now that make planning your recharge much simpler. Zap-Map will show your chargepoints across the whole of the UK. It’ll also help you get to particular chargepoints, see if they are available and how fast the can charge.
How many chargepoints are there across the UK?
If you’re leasing your first fully electric car on Motability, you'll be given access to the bp pulse network of public chargepoints. This includes over 9,000 public chargepoints, including 3,000 which are rapid and ultra-fast. Some of these will give you better charging rates and some are free.
On top of this, there are over 33,000 other chargepoints across the UK where you can charge your Motability vehicle.
Can I get an electric car on the Motability Scheme without a home chargepoint?
If you’re happy to charge your Motability car on the go using the public network of chargepoints then you can absolutely get an electric car without a home chargepoint.
What is ‘range anxiety’?
‘Range anxiety’ is a term used by people to describe the worry of how many miles an electric car can travel and how likely it would be that they would run out of charge on their daily commute. This feeling is understandable, however, the average journey in the UK is less than 30 miles. Many electric cars now can go over 100 miles on one full charge, so it’s very likely that you would have more than enough range to cover everyday journeys.
How can I make the most of my Motability car’s range?
There are lots of things that can have an effect on an electric car’s range. You can make the most of your Motability car’s range by not carrying unnecessary weight in the vehicle, such as prams or other bulky items. Driving more efficiently also helps; for example, not accelerating too quickly if you don’t need to, not leaving it late to brake or turning off the air conditioning or heating.
With electric Motability vehicles, the weather can also affect range; for example, you might find yourself reaching a lower range in very cold or even very hot weather.
Are electric Motability cars manual or automatic?
Most electric cars are automatic as they don’t have the same traditional engines. Electric cars usually have two pedals, the accelerator and brake. Having an automatic gearbox can make the driving experience a lot easier.
Can I get a free home electric car charger on the Motability Scheme?
Yes*. If you choose an electric car from the Motability scheme and have off-street parking, you’ll be eligible to have a free home chargepoint installed.
Can an electric Motability car be adapted to my needs?
Yes. There are many adaptations that can be made to your new electric Motability vehicle to make travelling easier. Whether you need extra support driving, getting in and out, or to store your mobility aids, there’s an adaptation that can be made to suit you.
Should I get an electric Motability vehicle?
The government has confirmed that it will end the sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030 so it is a really good time to consider switching to an electric Motability vehicle. There are a variety of electric cars on the market now, with £0 advance payment available from the Motability Scheme.
Terms & Conditions
*Chargepoint will be installed at no extra cost on the understanding that you have private, off-street parking and no extra work is needed. You might need to pay extra if your parking is not next to your home or your electrics need to be updated.