RAC aims to make EV ownership more affordable with new leasing service

The RAC has launched a new leasing service to make switching to a brand-new electric vehicle easier and more affordable.

The RAC has joined forces with Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions to offer a wide range of the most popular EV models currently available in the market at prices starting from just £227.99 a month for a five-door Nissan Leaf 110kw N-Connecta 40kWh.

Drivers using the new RAC leasing site can also select a service and maintenance plan, and breakdown cover comes as standard, which means customers can rely on the RAC’s van-fitted EV Boost emergency charging system.

The RAC All Wheels Up recovery system will also allow the vans to tow stricken EVs with all four wheels off the ground which means customers don’t have to wait for a separate tow truck.

RAC director of EVs, Sarah Winward-Kotecha said: “We know from RAC research there’s a growing desire among drivers to go electric but that the high upfront cost tends to be the biggest barrier to take-up, so we’ve teamed up with Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions to help people make the switch more easily and more affordably.

“Using the RAC’s manufacturer relationships, combined with Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions’ expertise and buying power, we’re able to offer some of the most competitive leasing deals available.

“We’d urge any driver thinking of changing their vehicle to think about all the costs they’ll pay for the period they have the car, as with an electric model there are substantial savings to be had.”

Customers can choose both the length of their leasing agreement and choose how much the initial rental payment is – usually the equivalent of one, three, six or 12 months’ rental payments.

The prices below are based on a three-year agreement – 10,000 miles per year – with an initial payment of six months’ rental followed by 35 monthly payments.

Jon Lawes, managing director at Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, said: “By partnering with the RAC we are confident that more people than ever will realise that getting into an electric car is far easier and more affordable than they might have thought.

“We’ve worked closely with RAC to create a site that allows drivers to find their perfect car easily by browsing a range of competitive offers with flexible initial rental, term and mileage options.

“It was clear to us that they were the natural choice to work with to help make the switch to electric a reality for drivers, particularly as they’ve pioneered breakdown solutions which give drivers complete peace of mind when it comes driving an electric car.”

Sarah Winward-Kotecha added: “We’re totally committed to helping drivers go electric. We’re not only number-one for EV breakdowns, thanks to being the only national roadside assistance company in the UK to have equipped patrol vans with engine-powered lightweight EV chargers, we’re also helping drivers to go electric every step of the way.”