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The BMW i3 – Charging Towards the Future
Posted on August 16th, 2018 at 11:00AM - by EVision - The Latest EV News
BMWi launched in 2011 as a sub-brand of BMW. Their goal was to bring out a series of experimental cars, sold separately from the main BMW range. The BMW i3 prototype was first showcased in 2012 at the London Summer Olympic Games (if you’re going to pick an event to unveil your product, pick BIG!), with the production model of the BMW i3 being released in 2013 in Germany.
Although the look of the BMW i3 creates a bit of a ‘marmite’ situation (EVision loves it) there is no doubting that the BMW i3 is truly ground-breaking. The i3 was the first mass production car with most of its internal structure and body made of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic. And with hemp being used on the door panels, the BMW i3 has a light structure which helps compensate for the weight of the battery.
BMW say that the lack of engine at the front of the car allowed for them to start with a clean sheet. BMW weren’t satisfied with state-of-the art electric powertrains, they wanted to revolutionise the construction of the car’s exterior as well. It’s no fluke that the BMW i3 has won several prestigious awards (and deservedly so), including the World Green Car of the Year Award and World Car Design of the Year Award at the World Car of the Year Awards in 2014, the iF Product Design Gold Award, the UK Car of the Year 2014 and the Best Supermini of the Year Award at the UK Car of the Year Awards 2014.
The car itself is very comfortable to sit in. It is, however, very different to any car I’ve been in before. Even the state-of-the-art Tesla cars don’t feel as futuristic as the inside of the BMW i3, and that is entirely intentional. You feel that BMW are making a real statement with the way the car has been designed. You can almost imagine them saying “this doesn’t look like any car you’ve been in before, because it isn’t. This is what the future of driving looks like”. From the circular ‘gear’ stick located next to the steering wheel that you need to twist to change from Drive to Reverse, down to the super technological display screen that provides you with an array of functions to make your driving experience profoundly enjoyable. BMW have given us a touch of something supremely special.
The most important question to ask when you consider hiring a BMW i3, however, is what it is like to drive. As you would expect from an electric car, the acceleration is extremely nippy. A small car with instant torque delivered to the motor makes the BMW i3 a great car for urban driving. If you go to London, for example, you want to hire an electric car that can handle the busy roads and be ready to change lane in an instant. The BMW i3 delivers in this respect, and it does so with aplomb. You will also have the added bonus of not having to pay any congestion charge fees or T-Charge fees in London (which, as I’m sure most of you will know, do not apply to electric cars, thanks to their ultra-low (zero in fact) emissions status).
We at EVision Electric Car Hire enjoy the BMW i3 because it is fun, different and quirky. It is also extremely practical in real-world situations. If you want to really try something unlike anything you’ve tried before, then we would recommend that you rent a BMW i3 and put it to the test. We are sure you will be back for more.
Posted on August 10th, 2018 at 10:00AM - by EVision - The Latest EV News
School Prom season was a busy time for EVision Electric Car Hire. We had a lot of prom car enquiries and rentals over the course of May, June and July. And although we do get some brilliant feedback from our customers, often we do not find out anything about the full experience of the cars at these events. This year, for the first time, EVision are able to give the inside story. Our Marketing Executive, David, used an EVision electric car to take his son to his year 6 prom. This is the story of prom night as told by David.
My son has never been one for extravagance at big events. However, he knew that I worked for a company where you can hire a Tesla and that was enough to pique his interest. I was asked if I could get my son a Tesla for prom night and I duly made the enquiries the following day. Success! A Tesla Model S was available for the big night, and it was now time to get very excited.
On the day of the big event, the EVision team prepped the car for me in the same way that they prep all other cars that go out on hire. The Tesla Model S was immaculate inside and out, and I expected nothing less knowing the care that the EVision team put into making the cars look utterly spectacular. And by early that Friday afternoon I was ready to set off. I cruised through historic Rochester in my very shiny Tesla Model S, taking note of the many admiring glances along the way. And with a lot of tailbacks due to an accident (not involving me I should add), there was plenty of time for others to admire the car. I even got the occasional appreciative nod from fellow journeymen.
Having battled my way through the unusually heavy traffic which turned a 30 minute journey into a 3 hour journey (but, hey, I’m in a Tesla so I’m happy), I eventually made it home. Despite the delay there was still plenty of time to take the obligatory prom photos, with my son being very happy to pose by the car with his classmate. With the pictures out of the way I was then able to take the boys on a little drive around the Town before the big drop off (when you have a Tesla you obviously want at least a little cruise in it). Although I was more impressed with the powerful, yet smooth and silent running of the car, it was the gadgets and the impressive onboard technology that held the boys interests. There really is something to impress everyone in a Tesla.
At last, it was time to escort the party-goers to their big night. I pulled slowly into the entrance in the annual procession of unique cars (and this year, interestingly, a donkey in a costume… seriously), and I noticed that it was the Tesla that was getting the most attention. The occasional ‘wow!’ and ‘is that a Tesla?!’ were clearly audible as my son lapped up his supercar entrance in style, coolly saluting his friends with a ‘hey’ and gentle head nod along the way. My son knew that he was getting a lot of attention and he was clearly loving it (and so was I if truth be told). More photos were taken after my son got out of the car (because you can’t have enough photos at the prom!) and he went in to have a truly memorable night.
Although the Tesla ride was only part of the whole experience, it really made a difference. The children, probably more so than the adults, really appreciated how amazing an electric car is. They know that electric cars are the future because they are the future. I was proud to give my son a futuristic experience that will give him and me happy memories for years to come. I know from my experience that if you want to make an impression at a big event, whether it is a prom or another special occasion, then you will achieve your aims when you hire a Tesla from EVision. In fact, particularly if you have a younger audience, you will be received with awe by the crowd if you hire an electric car of any make from EVision Electric Car Hire.
If you too would like to hire a Tesla, hire a BMW i3 or hire a Renault ZOE, then visit the EVision Electric Car Hire website at www.evrent.co.uk or give us a call on 01634 914 063 to make a booking or enquiry. We look forward to giving you that extra-special experience as well.
Lowering the Benefit Tax – How Kind!
For those who use company cars, you will be very familiar with the term ‘Benefit in Kind’, or BIK for short. For those who aren’t familiar with BIK, it is the amount of tax that the employee will have to pay for the use of a company car. The amount of tax payable depends on the list price of the car and the Co2 emissions it produces.
The chart, below, breaks down how the BIK tax works on the Renault ZOE and the BMW i3 for a tax payer in the 20% tax band:
2017/2018 BIK 13%
Tax Payable 20%
2020/2021 BIK 2%
Tax Payable 20%
Saving per Year For the Employee after fall in BIK Rate
The 13% rate will be rising to 16% for the tax year 2019/2020, and it was due to rise again to 19% in 2020/2021. However, the big Benefit in Kind EV news is that the Government has introduced a brand new sliding scale, whereby all zero emission vehicles will be subject to a 2% Benefit in Kind rate. This is a huge drop from the 19% originally planned for 2020/2021, the year the new sliding scale comes into force. This is the clearest sign yet that the Government is really pushing for businesses to switch to electric vehicles for use as company cars.
The changes to the BIK rates were first announced in the autumn statement of 2016 as part of the Government’s plan to drive the UK towards a zero emissions future (known as the ‘Road to Zero’). A total of 15 new BIK bandings have been introduced, with 11 of these bandings being for ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs). The British Vehicle Renting and Leasing Association (BVRLA) believe that the new bandings will encourage employers and employees to take up the use of electric vehicles well ahead of the change in new car legislation that is due to come into force by 2040.
As well as the BIK rate changes, the Government also announced in the same statement that a further £390m will be invested by 2020/2021 to support ULEVs, renewable fuels, and connected and autonomous vehicles. This figure includes £80m which has been set aside for the development of charging infrastructure.
This is all wonderful news for everyone involved with electric car fleet hire, such as EVision Electric Car Hire. When the new banding comes into force, an employee would only have to pay around £101 BIK if you hire a Renault ZOE from EVision Electric Car Hire, or around £132 BIK if you were to hire a BMW i3 from EVision Electric Car Hire. For people in higher positions within a company, you may wish to hire a Tesla and make the most of the lower tax rate.
But why wait until 2020 to rent an electric car for your fleet? Even at 13% or 16%, as it will be next year, the BIK on electric cars is already much lower than petrol or diesel cars. Not to mention far cheaper to run and far more reliable. Plus, if you need to travel in London, there is no congestion charge or T-Charge. The benefits are already there, and they are very kind indeed.
Visit our website at www.evrent.co.uk for more information or to make a booking enquiry.
Alternatively, you can call us on 01634 914 063. We look forward to hearing from you.
EVision’s Environmentally Friendly Summertime EV Quiz
Posted on July 30th, 2018 at 09:00AM - by EVision - The Latest EV News
Who doesn’t enjoy a quiz now and again? EVision has put together a fun quiz for our readers to have a go at (no prizes, I’m afraid. Only personal pride is at stake). Answers can be found at the bottom of the page.
1) You can hire a Tesla from EVision Electric Car Hire. But do you know where Nikola Tesla, the brand’s namesake, was born?
2) You can also hire a BMW i3 from EVision Electric Car Hire. At which major sporting event was the first prototype unveiled?
a. The 2012 Olympic Games in London
b. The 2012 European Football Championships held by Poland and Ukraine
c. The 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki
3) EVision has a wide range of vehicles for anyone who wants to rent an electric car. Which car brand on EVision’s fleet was founded by three brothers, called Louis, Marcel and Fernand?
4) Elon Musk, the brainchild behind Tesla, has one sister. Which opera does she share her name with?
5) If you want to hire a Jaguar I-Pace, then EVision will have them later this year. But do you know which decade the Jaguar car company was founded?
6) EVision offers a executive chauffeur service in Kent with a licensed, courteous and safe driver. But do you know which fictional comic book superhero had a chauffeur by the name of Kato?
b. Iron Man
c. The Green Hornet
The answers are: 1 = c, 2 = a, 3 = c, 4 = b, 5 = b, 6 = c
We hope you had fun playing along. If you would like to hire a Renault ZOE, hire a BMW i3 or hire a Tesla, then visit our homepage at www.evrent.co.uk or call us on 01634 914 063
Being Taken for a Ride – An Executive Chauffeur in Kent for the 21st Century
Posted on July 18th, 2018 at 13:00PM - by EVision - The Latest EV News
Often, when you think of chauffeurs, an image will come to mind of someone rich and famous being ferried around, with a besuited & capped driver opening the door at a glitzy destination. However, the modern chauffeur is far more than this. “Why would people need a chauffeur in a day and age where nearly everyone has a car?” is a question that you or someone you know may have asked. Well, there are countless reasons for using a chauffeured service. We shall endeavor to chauffeur you on a journey through some of the most popular reasons.
EVision Electric Car Hire is the only company that offers a Tesla Supercar with an executive chauffeur in Kent, and the number one reason for using our chauffeur service is for luxury airport transfers. Whether you are a business person and time equals money, or
whether you want a safe and comfortable ride to and/or from the airport, then EVision chauffeurs are perfect for providing you with a safe and reliable service. Not only are our chauffeurs fully qualified and licensed, they are always on the ball with timings. Our chauffeur will monitor traffic updates, airplane time changes and any other incidents that may affect a journey. They then carefully plan the journey to ensure that you are where you are meant to be when you are meant to be there. Nothing is left to chance.
The second most popular reason for hiring an EVision chauffeur is weddings. It makes for a really impressive entrance to the big event for the bride to turn up in a Tesla Supercar, accompanied by a courteous and punctual chauffeur. There aren’t any better, cleaner or greener wedding cars in Kent. Although we have to be careful not to upstage the bride on the big day!
This is just a taste of the benefits of using a chauffeur in the 21st Century. There are so many reasons for using a chauffeur, from taking the kids to a prom to treating mum on Mother’s Day. The benefits of a chauffeur service are enormous.
21st Century life is busy and stressful, especially on the roads. Planning journeys can take up a lot of time, particularly if you are having to negotiate your way around any major, unexpected traffic incidents.
An EVision chauffeur will take that stress off your shoulders, letting you concentrate on your journey, work or event. And unlike a taxi service, a chauffeur will not look at you as just another fare, hoping to get onto the next job as soon as possible. Once you are booked in with an EVision chauffeur, you are the one and only priority, and there is absolutely no rush for the chauffeur to meet another client. An EVision chauffeur will also be open to reasonable requests from the customer too. It is a little extra personal touch that you would not get from any general taxi service.
Posted on July 13th, 2018 at 16:00PM - by EVision - The Latest EV News
Well, we may have to wait at least another four years for football to come home again. However,
EVision Electric Car Hire has some exciting news that will put a smile on your face once again. We have
two more electric car models coming soon!
Yes, you read that correctly. Later this year EVision Electric Car Hire will be receiving delivery of the new
Jaguar I-Pace. We are also on the waiting list for the Tesla Model 3, which we are really hoping will be
available in the UK within the next year. So you don’t have too long to wait if you want to hire a Jaguar I-
Pace or rent a Tesla Model 3 from EVision Electric Car Hire. And, let’s face it, who wouldn’t?!
The Tesla Model 3 is, without doubt, the most in-demand car in the world at the moment (if not ever!).
Orders for the Model 3 have overwhelmed Tesla and they are working extremely hard to get the orders
fulfilled. With such unprecedented interest in an affordable electric car with an impressive performance,
we can see sales continue to grow in the UK at an alarming rate. And even though the guide price is a
respectable £35,000, it is still a lot of money to most people. That’s why a decision to hire a Tesla Model
3 from EVision Electric Car Hire is the perfect way of making sure that the car is right for you before you
It isn’t just prospective buyers that will want to hire a Tesla Model 3. With its stunning technology,
elegant looks and beautiful lines, the Tesla Model 3 is a car that will leave a big impression. Whether it is
showing off your green credentials, or whether you want to impress a client or friend, this car delivers
on all fronts. You don’t need to take our word for it. The Tesla Model 3 made its European debut at the
Goodwood Festival of Speed this week, and it has left a great impression on so many visitors to the
event. The reviews are coming thick and fast on social media and on the video channels. By-and-large
the reviews are all incredibly positive so far.
One car that you don’t have to wait so long for is the Jaguar I-Pace. You may have been lucky enough to
see this car at the London Motor Show, Fully Charged Live or at any one of the other events in the
country where the I-Pace has been displayed. If you haven’t yet had the fortune to see this magnificent
machine, I can tell you that EVision are incredibly impressed. Hailed as competition for the Tesla Model
X, the Jaguar I-Pace SUV certainly has the performance to live up to that billing. The interior of the car
also oozes sheer class, something that clearly comes from Jaguar’s many decades experience of
manufacturing cars at the very highest level. EVision can’t wait to take the I-Pace out to put it to the
test. You can be sure of a new blog post when this happens too.
Find out more about the Tesla Model 3 and the Jaguar I-Pace on our coming soon page.
With thanks to @roymartin for permission to use his Tesla Model 3 pictures from the Goodwood festival of speed.
A Defining Day in the History of Electric Vehicles
Posted on July 5th, 2018 at 14:00PM - by EVision - The Latest EV News
What a week of breaking EV news. There are many points in history that have defined entire generations. On the 17th of October 1903 the Wright brothers made their first manned flight, on the 1st of October 1908 the Model T Ford became the world’s first mass-produced car, on the 10th of December 1940 Winston Churchill became Prime Minister, on the 30th of July 1966 England win the World Cup, on the 20th of July 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first man to step foot on the Moon, and on the 9th of November 1989 the Berlin Wall fell. A date that can now be added to this impressive list is the 28th of June 2018. The day it was announced that BP have taken over Chargemaster.
I know that some (possibly many) will think that this is a wildly over-dramatic statement. However, the potential implications for the electric vehicle market, and for the environment in the UK, is absolutely huge. If done right, BP has the opportunity to put in place a network that will convince the masses to switch to electric. Range anxiety and the uncertainty of where charge points are is the biggest concern that non-EV drivers have by far. While many people who have not yet embraced electric cars may not be familiar with charge point brand names, such as Pod Point, Chargemaster etc, they will be familiar with BP. It is a brand name that has been around for a very long time and is a brand name that is trusted by the general public to deliver a quality product.
It is not just the convenience of charging an electric car that this takeover will affect. If this news can help convince the masses to switch to electric, it will have an enormously positive impact on the environment in the UK. Around 10,000 people die in the UK every year due to car pollution, and the health risks associated with the use of diesel and petrol vehicles costs the NHS many millions of pounds every year. Something needed to change.
We are fully aware that BP have taken this step in order to future-proof their business, rather than for any other altruistic reasons. However, the ripple effect from this merger will be felt by many, and in the best way possible too. We are optimistic that BP has sent the UK electric car revolution into the stratosphere. We salute BP Plc and we hope that the other oil companies in the UK follow suit. BP knows only too well that electric cars are the future, and that it is adopt, adapt or die time.
You too can join the electric car revolution. You can hire an electric car, choosing either a Tesla, a BMW i3 or Renault ZOE from EVision Electric Car Hire. Visit our website at www.evrent.co.uk to find out more about our cars and to make an enquiry. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Blog Post – A European Adventure
Posted on June 25th, 2018 at 11:00AM - by EVision - The Latest EV News
When a customer decides to hire a Tesla, a Renault ZOE or a BMW i3 from EVision Electric Car Hire, we don’t usually get to hear about the adventures they get up to. However, one of our customers that chose to hire a Renault ZOE from EVision was gracious enough to give us the lowdown on their European trip. And, wow, what an adventure it was too!
To protect our customer’s identity I shall refer to him as Samuel (after the English Explorer, Samuel Baker. It seems somehow appropriate, as I’m sure you will agree). Many people who use an electric car for the first time will choose to do shorter routes, or at least stay within the UK. Even the more seasoned electric vehicle drivers would choose to hire a Tesla if they were decided upon a longer trip, particularly away from the UK shores, largely due to the expansive Tesla Supercharger network throughout the continent. However, Samuel chose to make his first EV experience one that will long live in EVision folklore.
Samuel hired a Renault ZOE from EVision in early June and set forth on what would be an epic 800 mile journey through 5 countries, starting off from the EVision Head Ofice in Rochester and arriving in Mosel (Germany) before returning to the UK. Every roadtrip deserves it’s own suitable soundtrack, and this one was no different. Samuel set off to the sound of Bob Marley singing ‘3 little birds’, which assured Samuel not to worry about a thing as every little thing is going to be alright. Bob’s words are always wise and, Samuel hoped, also prophetic this time.
The first leg of Samuel’s journey was from the EVision Head Office to Ghent in Belgium (on a single charge I may add). Samuel had done his research prior to emarking on his trip and found that Belgium is world-leader when it comes to free charging points. Retailers such as Ikea, Lidl, Delhaize and Cora Hypermarket, for example, have free charging for electric vehicles (although, Samuel adds a caveat that the free charging usually lasts for one hour, so be prepared to pay a small fee if you need longer than this). With a couple of charges along the route, Samuel was happily able to make his way to his destination, the stunning Mosel region of Germany.
Although Samuel was able to charge his car, and for free, he did have a few words of warning. As many (all, I presume) electric car drivers will be aware, there is an issue with the number of different charge point providers and the number of cards/apps you require around the country. In Europe it is similar, but worse. Although many chage points were free, Samuel still had issues when it came to ‘unlocking’ them. Even the ones that didn’t require a card or app were very confusing, even to the locals who were still unused to the system.
Something else that Samuel recommended to us was the use of a good charge point finder app. Samuel found that Chargemap was the best one for Europe as it was the most concise and up-to-date app of all that were tried.
All-in-all, Samuel thoroughly enjoyed his adventure abroad, and he says that there is no need to worry about range (so Bob Marley was right all along). There are plenty of charge points around Europe, just make sure that you have the charge point finder app downloaded, and prepare ahead if you are going on a long distance roadtrip like Samuel did.
Many thanks to “Samuel” for sharing his story and his photos with us. We hope he has many more adventures with our EVision electric cars.
If you want to hire a ZOE, a BMW i3 or a Tesla to go on your own adventure, then visit the EVision Electric Car Hire website at www.evrent.co.uk . We look forward to hearing what your experiences in the UK and beyond are.
A Very Special Visit
Posted on June 25th, 2018 at 11:00AM - by EVision - The Latest EV News
On Wednesday the 13th of June EVision Electric Car Hire had the honour of being visited by Councillor Antony Hook of Kent County Council. Having initially made contact with Cllr Hook via our EVision Twitter account, it was clear that there was a real desire from him to make big, impacting changes to help reduce the level of air pollution. Councillor Hook was under no illusion as to what the main cause of air pollution is either, stating that 1,000 people in Kent alone die every year through health issues related to air pollution, with diesel and petrol cars being the overwhelming contributor to
such a horrifying statistic. Something has to change and there was a common consensus that electric vehicles will play a major role in that change. And that’s where EVision Electric Car Hire comes in.
I met Cllr Hook in the morning and introduced him to our fleet team. We then had a very in-depth discussion about electric vehicles in general. How they work, how they are charged, what different methods of charging there are, what is currently available on the electric vehicle market, how battery technology is developing at a scarily rapid pace, and what the short-term future in electric vehicles is. There was no shortage of questions from Mr Hook who was clearly very keen to get as much information as he could. We went on to discuss the main issues and fears/myths around electric vehicle use, such as range anxiety and the standard of the infrastructure network in Kent.
Once we had covered all the main points, we then went outside to look at a range of the cars on our fleet. Cllr Hook was shown the features that were in the Renault ZOE, the BMW i3, the BMW i3 Range Extender, the Tesla Model S75, the Tesla Model S85 and the Tesla Model X75D. We discussed the advantages that each vehicle has and how each vehicle could benefit different people for a variety of reasons.
Councillor Hook was impressed by the range of vehicles we had and left feeling much more enlightened on the subject of electric cars. Once the obligatory photos were taken we then parted ways, with a promise from Councillor Hook that he would look into expanding the charge point network throughout the County and also spread the message that electric car hire was available (Cllr Hook was unaware that electric car hire even existed in the UK, or especially that the UK’s first and largest electric car hire company is based in Kent (yes, it’s us)).
EVision look forward to working with the Councillor and seeing what positive changes he is able to implement in Kent, particularly with the number of charge points within the County. Cllr Hook is fully aware that Electric cars are the future and that EVision Electric Car Hire can play a big part in galvanising the electric revolution.
Do you want to see what impressed Councillor Hook so much about our cars? Maybe you have always wanted to drive a Tesla or just experience any type of electric car. With EVision you can. Rent a Tesla Model S or X, hire a Renault ZOE or hire a BMW i3. All are available and waiting to be taken onto the open road. Find out more by visiting www.evrent.co.uk
An Electrifying Weekend.
Posted on June 11th, 2018 at 13:00PM - by EVision - The Latest EV News
Another week and another show. EVision Electric Car Hire attended the Fully Charged Live Show at the Silverstone racing track last weekend, and what an amazing event it was too. After a busy day of getting everything set up on the BMW i3 stand on Friday with our friends from BMW in Maidstone, as well as our outside stand with our Tesla Model X, Tesla Model S and Renault ZOE, it was time to greet the public early on Saturday morning.
Being the first ever Fully Charged Show Live it was always a question of how many people are interested in electric cars or renewable energy that would attend the event. Would it be successful or would it be a bit of a quiet weekend? Well, there was no need to worry. From early in the morning, people turned up in droves. To paraphrase Michael Caine from the film Zulu, “People… thousands of them”. More than 6,000 people attended the event and helped make it a roaring success that was beyond anyone’s imagination. We met so many people (many of whom don’t even own an electric vehicle) who were fascinated by our cars. And it wasn’t just the Teslas that were getting all the attention. The Renault ZOE and the BMW i3 had people completely enamoured with them, and with many wanting to rent one from us before buying one themselves.
Our Teslas too, unsurprisingly, had a lot of attention as well. We were really pleased to talk to one person who recognised our Tesla Model X as the same car he used for his wedding day. He even stayed around our Tesla Model X for quite some time telling others how great the car is. It is always a joy to speak to past customers, particularly when they have such fond memories of having used one of our cars before (I’ve not yet received a bad review). It would not come as a shock that many people want to drive a Tesla, and we were so pleased that we could offer so many electric car enthusiasts the chance to rent a Tesla from us, giving them either the opportunity to drive a Tesla for the experience or to try one before they bought one for themselves.
One of the most surprising things that we found out from the event was that over half of those attending did not own an electric car (as was determined by a show of hands during one of the main stage talks). This shows that electric cars are really capturing the public’s imagination by storm. The enthusiasm for electric vehicles is there, and as technology develops and more car companies bring out even more variety in electric cars, many more people will convert away from conventionally fuelled vehicles. EVision is proud to say that we are a part of this amazing revolution, allowing people to rent a Tesla, or hire a BMW i3 or hire a Renault ZOE.
There can be doubt that the Fully Charged Show live was an overwhelming success, and that it is an event that will stay in the car enthusiasts calendar for many years to come. Interest in electric vehicles is shooting up and is unlikely to reach its peak for many years yet. If you want to rent a Tesla, a BMW i3 or a Renault ZOE, then EVision Electric Car Hire is the place for you. Visit our website at www.evrent.co.uk to see the wide range of electric cars we have available.
EVision Electric Car Hire will be attending Britain’s biggest ever electric vehicle & renewable energy show
Robert Llewellyn's Fully Charged Live at Silverstone for 9th & 10th June.
Posted on June 5th, 2018 at 16:00PM - by EVision - The Latest EV News
Sales of diesel cars are declining and energy costs continue going up, and millions of British consumers are proactively considering cost-effective, low carbon alternatives such as electric cars. Robert Llewellyn's Fully Charged, a fast-growing YouTube show, is going live in front of an audience of 5,000 at the world-famous Silverstone Circuit this June.
Fully Charged LIVE, which is being sponsored by Charge Point provider, Ecotricity, promises to bring together all the elements of a cleaner, cheaper future under one roof. Visitors will be treated to an array of first-class features including sixteen ‘live sessions’ with TV presenters Robert Llewellyn (Scrapheap Challenge), Jonny Smith (Fifth Gear) and Helen Czerski (From Ice to Fire), an Ask the Experts area, an exhibition of Renewable Energy Technologies, a Hospitality Zone, Pit Garage and Paddock all full of attractions for big kids of all ages.
What's more, this will be the largest gathering of Electric Vehicles ever held in Great Britain with more than 50 vehicles on-display including EVision’s Tesla Model X, Renault Zoe and BMW i3, as well as an array of electrified classic cars, motorbikes and bicycles.
Live sessions include: 'Introduction to owning an Electric Vehicle', 'Generating your own heat & power at home' & 'Global Shift: what does the next decade look like for Energy & Transport?' Confirmed participants include Ecotricity's founder, Dale Vince, as well as Imogen Pierce from Jaguar Land Rover, Francisco Carranza from Nissan Energy Services, Tom Callow from Chargemaster, Graeme Cooper from the National Grid, Nina Skorupska from the REA & Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield from Transport Evolved.
Robert Llewellyn, the man behind Fully Charged, had this to say: "It’s been an exciting few months since we announced Fully Charged LIVE and the list of exhibitors, speakers, sponsors and vehicles that will be on show and the volume of tickets sold is incredible. The Fully Charged team have worked tirelessly to include the ingredients that our audience love in a live format and we're really looking forward to welcoming them on the 9th & 10th June. We've had huge support from the energy and transport sectors, but I'd like to personally thank our headline sponsors Ecotricity, and our key partners Chargemaster, Drive Electric, the Renewable Energy Association & Calvin Capital for making the first Fully Charged LIVE a reality."
To reserve your tickets or for information, visit www.FullyChargedShow.co.uk
To find out more about the electric cars on the EVision Electric Car Hire fleet, visit our home page
Going to the Show (the London Motor Show that is)
Posted on May 29, 2018 at 16:00PM - by EVision - The Latest EV News
EVision attended its first London Motor Show last weekend, and it was utterly amazing! Thursday morning was set-up day with 4 hours of the show being open in the afternoon. I was in charge of taking the Tesla Model X up to the ExCel Centre in London to be displayed over the course of the weekend (which was a joy in itself), with our Marketing Manager, Sherene, following in the Model S to ferry us back and forth from the Capital.
Thursday Morning was very quiet in the ExCel Exhibition Room and we were able to play around a bit with the positioning of the Model X and set our stand up. We did put the Model X into Christmas Mode a couple of times first though (it has to be done), and that soon got the attention of the other exhibitors in the room. Seriously, who wouldn’t be impressed with a dancing car?!
Once the set-up was done we were able to have a wander around the exhibition room to have a look at some of the other vehicles on show (and they were very impressive). Something that I found really pleasantly surprising was the number of electric cars that were on display. As well as our own Tesla Model X there was also a Model S, a Jaguar iPace, several Nissan Leafs (or should that be leaves? Maybe someone could find out and let me know. Baffling!), and even a fleet of electric taxis. The charge point providers Ovo and ChargedEV were present to provide expert advice to our visitors over the weekend, and there were several companies there with the job of promoting electric vehicles.
I expected Thursday afternoon to be quite quiet when the show opened, due to the fact that it was press day. How wrong could one man be? Very wrong it would seem! From the moment the show opened to the time it closed on Sunday afternoon, EVision was a bastion of activity. It was absolutely fantastic to talk to so many people that were extremely knowledgeable about cars, and also to speak to people who had no idea about electric vehicles. Sherene, Stephen and I were on hand to provide answers to a whole variety of questions. It was clear that a lot of people are very enthusiastic about the electric car revolution, and that many people wanted to hire a Tesla to really feel its power and elegance on the road.
Our stand even attracted a celebrity following. Tiff Needell, the former racing driver, presenter of Top Gear and current presenter of Fifth Gear made an appearance. “Is anyone here from EVision?” he called out. I did my duty (rather happily I must say) and accepted Mr Needell’s request for an official London Motor Show photograph with me. Maybe I should have asked him if he wanted my autograph too. We were also visited by racing driver, World Record holder and Fifth Gear presenter, Rebecca Jackson. Rebecca was particularly impressed that the leather in our Tesla was vegan leather.
By the time the show had finished on Sunday we knew that we had done a really good job with promoting electric cars and the benefits of being able to hire an electric car. We also made excellent contacts with other companies who will surely help us push the electric car revolution to the next level. I can’t wait to go back again next year to see the progress.
Posted on May 24, 2018 at 11:00AM - by EVision - The Latest EV News
When I was told ‘I think we need a blog post about the Tesla Model X’ I must admit that I gave a little
internal yelp with excitement. Although I have driven the Model S on several occasions, this would be
the first time I had been let loose with the Model X.
The first thing I did when given the key was to have a play with the falcon wing doors. I couldn’t help but
think of the car from Back to the Future when I saw them open. Although, I can assure you that I would
not be driving this wonderful car at 88 miles per hour (although it can reach a top speed of 130mph).
There would be no time travelling for me that day.
Back to the Future is, perhaps, an apt reference for this car. The technology, as you would expect from a
Tesla, is really cutting edge. Whether it is the fact that you can open and close the doors and the rear
boot with the Tesla shaped ‘key’, or whether it is the incredibly impressive iPad style control panel that
controls so much of the car’s internal features, you really feel that you are experiencing something from
a time we have not yet arrived at.
The Model X, as with the Model S, is very comfortable to sit in. There is a complete range of seating
controls that allow you to optimise your seat to the exactly how you need it, including a very
comfortable lower back posture control. Once you have everything adjusted to how you want it you are
ready to drive. I can hear some people saying ‘I think you’ll find you have to start the car first’. Well,
actually I don’t. There is no keyhole or starting button in this car. Once you are sat in the driving seat the
car knows you are there and is ready to get going (it’s that futuristic technology yet again).
The car glided along the road absolutely beautifully and not forgetting to mention, silently. You do need
to get used to the regenerative braking of the Tesla cars, something that puts power back into the
battery and gives the car extra range (more clever tech), but you do get used to it very quickly. I took the
car for a drive through Rochester in Kent, never quite getting used to the admiring glances I received
along the way. The immediate application or torque that you get with an electric car was at my feet,
enabling me to accelerate to change lanes with great ease. The gentle ride was a wonderful stress
reliever. The Tesla Model X was a pleasure to drive and I hope to drive the Model X again soon.
To hire a Tesla Model X, visit our self-drive hire page: https://www.evrent.co.uk/tesla_x_home.html
You too will be saying “Great Scott!” when you get behind the wheel of this incredible vehicle.
Tesla Model S 75D steals the show - RedDoor Homes
Posted on May 15, 2018 at 12:00PM - Author - David McKnight - EVision
On Friday the 4th of May I took part in a promotional video shoot for EVision Electric Car Hire, which was shot by Red Door Homes. The filming was not only great fun it also gave me the chance to go out in a sumptuous Tesla Model S 75D.
Sometimes the little things in life really matter. This was particularly true for me that day. With the sun beating down in full force, the first thing I did when I got in the car was turn the temperature of the climate control down… way down. The glorious cold air that came forth was not only a welcome respite but was also quite surprising. I couldn’t believe how quickly it took for the full effect of the cold air to kick in. No waiting for an initial warm blast to get down to the optimal level.
I showed the film crew inside and outside the car, including the very generous space in both boots (there’s another boot in the front where you would normally find an engine. Clever, eh!). The film crew was very impressed that the ‘key’ was in the shape of a Tesla car, and with the way the car’s handles glide out from their hiding place in the doors (it’s those little things again). There were appreciative murmurs as I showed my guests the control panel and dashboard, impressing upon them the fact that there are only 2 buttons of note on the whole dashboard (glove box and hazard warning lights in case you wondered).
I knew that I couldn’t keep them waiting any longer. It was time to take the show on the road… quite literally. Although I have driven a Tesla Model S before, the power of the acceleration still takes my breath away. It is even more impressive the first time you feel it, as was obvious from the large intake of air from my passengers and the exclamation of ‘amazing!’ as we glided down the road. The Model S is a joy to drive and is even a thrill from the passenger seat. There aren’t too many cars whereby you could say the same.
After our short drive and filming was over, the film crew thanked me for a great morning. I could tell by the expression on their faces that it was an experience they would not forget in a hurry. I could say the same thing.
Posted on April 27, 2018 at 12:00PM - by EVision - The Latest EV News
All the vehicles in the EVision fleet are 100% electric and therefore don’t create any harmful emissions. A recent study carried out by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and The Norwegian Meteorological Institute has shown the real impact on health that is a direct cause of diesel emissions from cars. It is estimated that over 5,000 deaths are caused each year in Europe by emissions, with that total being closer to 10,000 when including vans, lorries and other diesel vehicles. Alarmingly, the UK is third on the list of EU countries for producing the highest amount harmful emissions. Experts claim that around 7,500 lives could be saved each year if people switched to using electric vehicles instead of vehicles that run on conventional fuels.
Many people are aware that electric vehicles are cheaper to charge than the cost of filling up a petrol or diesel vehicle. However, it will come as a surprise to many to find out just how much cheaper it actually is. The cost of electricity to charge an EVision BMW i3, for example, is £7.40 for 200 miles of charging. The cost of fuel for a BMW 1 series, the closest comparable car in BMW’s conventional fuel range, would cost £26.20 for 200 miles worth of fuel. Choosing the BMW i3 over the BMW 1 series would save you £940 for every 10,000 miles travelled.
Electric vehicles are becoming more and more popular for people commuting to or travelling around London. The train and tube stations are often extremely crowded at peak times, and cancellation of services is a common occurrence which makes travelling by car a more convenient option. The further advantage that an electric car will have over a car running on conventional fuels is that there is no Congestion Charge or T-Charge to pay for electric vehicles. Both of these charges are based on the emissions of the vehicle. As electric vehicles produce no emissions they are exempt from having to pay.
By far the biggest concern that people have about electric vehicles is how far they can travel on a single charge, something which is known as ‘Range Anxiety’. Having spoken to people about electric cars myself, I have found that the general understanding of the range in electric cars is very outdated. Battery technology has come on leaps and bounds in a very short space of time with more and more experts working on improving battery technology even further. An EVision Tesla Model S P100D, for example, has a real world range of over 300 miles. A Tesla group in Italy has even managed to get 670 miles on a single charge in a Tesla Model S P100D. As battery technology continues to develop, a range of 600 miles and further will start to become standard, and the pace of development leads me to believe that we will not have to wait too long before this happens.
The number of electric vehicles on the road is growing at a lightning pace. In order to provide a reliable on-road charging network it has been necessary for the charging infrastructure to grow as well. The number of charge points in the UK has more than doubled in the last four years and there are many more charging stations being built. As well as private companies expanding their network of charging stations, the National Grid are also working with a third party in order to massively expand the number of charge points throughout the UK Highways system. In contrast, the number of petrol and diesel fueling stations is decreasing as more and more people move away from conventional fuels. There has been a decline of 75% in the number of fueling stations in the last 40 years, a pattern that is likely to continue as we move towards a total ban on new petrol and diesel vehicles by the year 2040.
EVision Electric Car Hire Add Renault Zoes to Their Growing Fleet
Posted on March 27, 2018 at 12:00PM - by EVision - The Latest EV News
EVision Electric Car Hire are a company keen to promote the benefits of green driving. Wanting to stay relevant in the forever-changing hire market, EVision is happy to announce it is adding 10 more cars to its fleet. EVision now has the ability to hire out 10 Renault Zoes taking the fleet to a respectable 130 vehicles. The Renault Zoes will now join the brand new Tesla Model S and X Models, as well as the recently added BMW i3s, all of which come with unlimited mileage and free ‘fuel’.
The Renault Zoe was voted ‘Electric Car of the Year’ at the inaugural Company Car Today Awards for 2018. Ultra low running costs and an impressive range of up to 250 miles (NEDC) helped sway this decision.
The Renault Zoe looks and feels just like any other car, it is stylish both inside and out, has a gear leaver and handbrake, clutch and accelerator. One thing missing with some electric vehicles is the absence of sound. There is no accompanying engine roar with an electric vehicle; therefore the car cannot be heard by people or animals. Renault however has installed a device as a safety measure, so that the car makes a murmur when switched on, however for those preferring a completely silent drive, this featured can be disabled.
The Renault Zoe is perfect for those living an urban lifestyle. With no London congestion charge or T-charge to pay, by switching to an electric vehicle drivers could save themselves on average £6,500 annually.
London commuters could save further by hiring a Renault Zoe from EVision Electric Car Hire, based in Strood, Kent, from only £25.00 a day for the driver and up to four other passengers, compared to double this price for a single passenger train journey.
When needing to charge, the Zap-Map app will state the nearest charge point locations.
There are no tail pipe emissions with the Renault Zoe and ultra-low running costs, therefore providing electric vehicle drivers with a thoroughly economical drive.
EVision Electric Car Hire, based in Strood, Kent is the UK’s first and largest pure electric vehicle rental company, offering customers both short term and long term car rental solutions, for both business and personal use.
At EVision customers can sample and savour what it is like to drive a sensational and superb, state of the art pure EV and discover how an electric vehicle does not need to compromise on creature comforts or safety, nor belch atmospheric pollution.
Renting customers only electric cars, EVision offer a modern take on the traditional car hire service; one that has seen EVision grow and grow over the past four years.
If you are interested in hiring a Renault Zoe on a short or long term basis, rates states from as little as £25 per day. Contact EVision Electric Car Hire who will be more than happy to assist.
Click here to visit the Renault Zoe electric car hire page
More and more people are switching to electric vehicles!
Posted on February 22, 2018 at 12:00PM - by EVision - The Latest EV News
New registrations of plug-in cars increased from 3,500 in 2013 to more than 135,000 by the end of January 2018.
As environmental awareness grows, owning a fully electric car is becoming an increasingly acceptable prospect for the average driver.
In 2017 the value of ethical spending grew by 3.2% to £81.3 billion.
An eco-friendly product such as a plug-in electric car will save you money in the short and long term. Take the new BMW i3 for example, to buy from new this car will cost you in the region of £25,000. While this may seem expensive when compared to a small petrol hatchback, it is a different story when the savings are taken into consideration:
In the long term this car will not cost a penny in diesel or petrol and charging a BMW i3 at home from empty to full costs around £4.36, this equates to only 3.9p per mile. A similar sized petrol model will cost approximately double this at 8p per mile.
In addition the government are extremely keen to promote the use of electric vehicles, even doing away with the London congestion charge. To put this into perspective if you drive around London on a daily basis and go into the congestion zone, you will save a massive £9125 annually! Electric cars also require little in the way of servicing and do not have expensive exhaust systems, starter motors or fuel injection systems.
Before purchasing an electric vehicle many drivers opt to 'try before they buy' in order to work out whether the car is suitable to meet their life-style requirements. BMW i3s can be hired from EVision Electric Car Hire from as little as £29.00 a day.
Electric Car Hire is becoming popular especially for commuters and businesses. Businesses can hire an electric car for its employees at a very competitive price from EVision Electric Car Hire, who have anything from the Renault Zoe, to the Tesla Model X SUV available for short and long term hires.
Driving an electric vehicle reduces harmful air pollution, so for those who are interested in making the world a better place and protecting the environment, this is most definitely the best way forward with regards to transport. At EVision Electric Car Hire, all of the electric vehicles are charged through the use of our own solar panels reducing greenhouse gas emissions even further.
A lot of electric vehicles are also being made using recycled materials. For example with the BMW i3, 25% of the plastics used in the interior and the thermoplastics in the exterior have been derived from recycled material or renewable raw materials. The reduction of harmful exhaust emissions is also great news for public health. The more electric vehicles on the roads, the better the air quality, which will in turn lead to less health problems. Noise pollution is non-existent when it comes to electric vehicles, as there is no engine meaning a quieter environment.
The EVision fleet encompasses 110 all electric vehicles meaning more choice for the client, better vehicle specifications and competitive pricing.
About to get a new company car? Have you considered an EV and the savings?
Posted on January 31, 2018 at 12:00PM - by EVision - The Latest EV News
Recently the UK Government announced that it will spend more than £600million on EVs. This includes £38million to be spent on public charging points. So how will this affect you?
Well the first thing you should know about electric vehicles is that the costs associated with EVs are considerably different to that of a petrol or diesel car. Typically speaking, the upfront costs are higher for electric vehicles but the running costs are considerably cheaper in many areas such as fuel, maintenance and car tax.
To give you an example of this, for an annual mileage of 10,000 miles an electric vehicle could save you up to £800 a year in refuelling costs alone. It should also be noted that if you were to hire a Tesla from EVision there would be no refuelling costs as our Teslas are free to charge at any Tesla Supercharger.
We are in the early stages of an electric revolution in the UK transport sector, and connectivity is at its heart.
Millions of homes in the UK do not have off-street parking, so this funding is important to help local councils ensure that all their residents can take advantage of this revolution.
Here are three simple points as to why an electric vehicle may be beneficial to you:
Electric vehicles save around £100 per 1,000 miles driven when compared to a petrol or diesel vehicle.
Electric fleet cars have no fuel duty payable on electricity and the Benefit in Kind for a Tesla is just 9%.
Electric vehicles are exempt from congestion fees in London which could save drivers up to £25 a day.
If you are going to do a lot miles driving this year, renting an electric car may be an attractive option. This is because hiring a car removes the high upfront costs, removes the uncertainty of resale value and maintenance costs.
If you would like to learn more about electric vehicles send us an email with your question to firstname.lastname@example.org
Business meetings are another major reason for choosing an executive chauffeur in Kent, or to use an EVision driver as a chauffeur in London. Anyone who has ever driven in London will know that it is a nightmare. Take a wrong turn and you will spend an age trying to get back to where you should be, once you have found your bearings (if you are unfamiliar with the streets). EVision chauffeurs know the London streets incredibly well, and they know many shortcuts that you probably won’t even know existed. An added bonus to using our executive chauffeur in London is that you don’t need to worry about the parking either (which can either be impossible to find or exorbitantly expensive).