Why electric cars?

EDF is committed to a low-carbon, sustainable future. Electric vehicles (EV) offer many advantages over Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) and supporting electric car adoption is part of our vision to decarbonise and make our environment healthier.

Electric cars run on electricity and EDF are the UK's largest producer of low-carbon electricity. We believe our expertise in energy can benefit EV drivers everywhere and help shape the future to come.

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Services for new & existing electric car drivers

EDF provides the following electric vehicle services for consumers and businesses: electric car leasing, charge points and installation, and energy plans for EV drivers at home and at work. Look out for our exclusive deals when you take more than one service.

  • Personal and business customers
  • Quick and easy application and decision
  • Over 18 years of experience in energy

New electric cars at affordable prices

To bring you the best electric car leasing offers, we’ve joined forces with DriveElectric one of the UK’s leading electric car lease providers.

Get 5,000 miles(1) free credit when you get a vehicle and tariff through us.

Typical monthly rentals starting from only
£158 (inc. VAT)

Charge your electric vehicle at home

Durable, weatherproof and built to last, EDF supply home chargers, engineered with smart tech for the energy-conscious driver.

Price inclusive of OLEV grant
Only £449 (inc. VAT)(2)

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Power your electric car with 100% renewable energy

Get half-price electricity on evenings and weekends - that's 9pm to 7am and ALL weekend(3), a total of 98 hours off-peak charging per week at just 8p per kWh(4) - there’s lots to love about the GoElectric tariff!


Offers on electric cars

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5,000 miles free credit

  • Cash equivalent of 5,000 miles credited to your account - worth £114

Lease a car and get the GoElectric electric car tariff with EDF to qualify for this great offer.(1)

Pod Point socketed home charger for electric vehicles

Pay just £449 for a home charger

  • Pod Point Solo smart home charger
  • Professional installation
  • Price assumes you qualify for the OLEV grant(5)

Qualify if you have off-street parking.

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One explorer. An 86 year old skydiver. And an electric car powered by the Scottish wind. We challenged Camilla Thurlow to go back to her roots in Scotland and skydive with the fearless Dilys Price.

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Understand the costs of running an EV

Find out what an electric car costs to buy and run – upfront and over a lifetime.

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How do electric cars work? Anatomy of a car

How do electric cars work?

There are different types of electric cars from hybrids to pure electric – so find the car that suits you best.

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EV charging options: when, where & how

Learn about all the different options for charging your electric car on the go and at home.

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Electric car FAQs

How far can an electric vehicle travel on a single charge?

Many battery electric cars (BEV’s) or pure electric cars can travel over 100 miles on a full charge, with some of the more premium models being able to travel closer to 300 miles on a 100% charge.

The range of models available from manufacturers is constantly increasing and battery technology continues to improve, meaning larger and more efficient batteries with longer and longer range. However, the majority of car journeys in the UK are around 20 miles so you could easily travel a number of times before having to recharge the battery.

What's the lifespan of an electric car battery?

Electric car batteries, just like internal combustion engines (ICE), have a finite lifespan. However, as with an ICE the lifespan and performance of an electric car lithium-ion battery can be affected by driving habits. If you drive erratically, then the battery life is likely to reduce faster than if you drive more conservatively.

Additionally, how you charge and discharge your car can have an impact on the lifespan of the battery. If you continuously let the battery drain to nothing and then fully recharge, it is likely to wear faster than if you operate the charging between the optimum charging range of 20% to 80%.

Many manufacturers offer warranties on batteries which guarantee a retained performance percentage. For example, 8 years or 100,000 miles with 80% efficiency at the end of 8 years. It’s always best to ask a manufacturer what their warranty includes before purchasing an electric vehicle.

Are electric cars as safe as other vehicles?

Electric vehicles, along with stringent testing on battery safety have to conform to the EuroNCAP safety ratings. The Tesla Model 3 for instance has received a five star NCAP rating recently as has the Jaguar I-Pace.

Most electric vehicles also have a lower centre of gravity due to the battery being in the base of the chassis and distributed evenly between the axles, therefore the handling is improved and they are less likely to roll than a conventional internal combustion engine vehicle with an engine above or beyond the axle.

Another feature of electric vehicles is regenerative braking which, although isn’t classified as a safety feature, may cause a car to decelerate a fraction earlier.

One thing to consider is that electric vehicles are quieter than conventional petrol or diesel cars and therefore pedestrians are less likely to hear them coming. From the 1st July 2019 a new EU ruling has mandated that all new electric vehicles will have to feature an Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System (AVAS) to alert pedestrians of their whereabouts.

What government grants are available for electric cars?

Since 2011 the government has been offering electric vehicle drivers an incentive of up to 35% to a maximum of £3,500 off the on the road price of an eligible electric car and up to 20% to a maximum of £8,000 for an eligible electric van. See a list of eligible cars and vans.

On top of that the government or office of low emission vehicles (OLEV) is running the Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS). This allows private plug-in electric vehicle owners to claim up to 75% to a maximum of £500 including VAT off the total purchase price and installation of an electric vehicle chargepoint.

What maintenance is required for an electric car?

In general, electric cars require less maintenance than a conventional internal combustion engine vehicle because they have fewer moving parts and have fewer fluids that need changing on a regular basis. Not only that, regenerative braking systems on electric vehicles reduce the strain on the brakes and therefore prolong their lifespan, meaning less maintenance.

Are electric cars cheaper than petrol/diesel?

The total cost of ownership for fully electric vehicles has been shown to be cheaper than a petrol or diesel vehicle over a four-year period. This is due to the electric car subsidy of up to £3,500 that is available for new pure electric cars with minimal emissions and the fact that electricity is cheaper than petrol or diesel. Some estimates predict that electric vehicles will be cheaper than petrol and diesel cars, even without the subsidy by the middle of the 2020’s.

What are the benefits of electric vehicles?

Parking Discounts

Some councils offer discounted or free parking for electric vehicles to encourage people to reduce their carbon emissions within town and city centres.

Congestion Charge

Technically electric cars and vans are exempt from the congestion charge, however you will need to register your car in order to qualify at a cost of £10 per annum. If your car is not registered with Transport for London (TFL) then the congestion charge is £11.50 per day. Not only that, you may have to pay the Ultra Low Emission Zone charge of £12.50 per day. So it makes sense to register your vehicle.

Save on Fuel

UK electricity prices are a lot cheaper than UK petrol and diesel prices so the overall cost to run an electric car or van is much cheaper than it would be to fill up a petrol or diesel vehicle. To compare how much it would cost to charge an electric car why not use this handy calculator

Zero Tailpipe Emissions

Fully electric cars emit no polluting tailpipe emissions or greenhouse gasses, which is one of the reasons electric cars are better for the environment. You could argue that the electricity used to power your electric vehicle could be as harmful as petrol or diesel fumes. However, more and more energy companies are offering 100% renewable tariffs for electric vehicle drivers and are transitioning away from the more traditional greenhouse gas energy sources of coal and gas in favour of more renewable sources such as wind and solar. Visit edfenergy.com/energy for more information on how EDF produce energy.

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How much road tax do I need to pay for my electric car?

For vehicles registered between 1st March 2001 and 31st March 2017, electric cars fall into band A (up to 100 g/km of CO2 emissions) and are therefore exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED), or road tax.

If your electric vehicle is registered on or after 1st April 2017, the tax bands have changed. Pure electric cars still fall into band A, where band A CO2 emissions are now 0 g/km, so pure electric cars will continue to be exempt from road tax. However hybrid electric cars will have to pay anything from £10-£130 in year 1 and then £135 per year from year 2 onwards.

Electric vehicles with a list price of £40,000 and above and registered on or after 1st April 2017 will also be subject to an additional £320 per year for the first 6 years. Whereas a petrol or diesel car with a similar list price will have to pay £465 per year.

How does an electric car feel to drive?

You really have to experience it for yourself to understand how easy and fun they are to drive. Electric cars have a lower centre of gravity because they have a battery that sits under the car and between the axles, instead of a heavy engine over or in front of the axle like a traditional car. This lower centre of gravity and more balanced weight distribution improves the handling and means the car is less likely to roll.

Not only that, electric cars only have one gear and electric motors supply instant torque to the wheels. Unlike conventional cars, electric cars tend to be more efficient, meaning the acceleration can be what you would expect in high end performance vehicles.

Many new electric cars are also future proofed with autonomous driving capabilities allowing for improved special awareness and crash detection software to aid the driver and prevent accidents.

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