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Electric Car Day – A great Success for our Milton Keynes Multi-Car Test Drive Event

With support from Nissan, Renault and BMW, we hosted our first Milton Keynes multi-brand electric car day at our offices in Milton Keynes.

In a packed two and a half hours of pre-booked drives over twenty people enjoyed the thrills and spills of electric car driving, with 2 Nissan Leafs, 2 BMW i3’s, 1 Renault ZOE and one Nissan EV-200 electric van.

This is the first of many. Please contact us if you have an office that would benefit from a multi-car test drive event.

Facebook Live Video from a BMW i3 test drive

Video walkaround of a couple of our Cars available for test

Leaf, i3 and EV-200

 

Hyundai IONIQ Electric Lease Prices

Best Hyundai IONIQ Electric Deals

We have new personal lease prices for April for the Hyundai IONIQ Electric.

And don’t forget, you get your first 10,000 miles of motoring for free (we refund the cost of charging at home).

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These are the current prices including fuel, road tax and VAT (from 24 April 2017):

Annual MileagePremium Monthly CostPremium SE Monthly CostFuel Included Total Miles
5,000£354£38410,000
8,000£362.40£392.4010,000
10,000£370.80£40210,000
15,000£489.60£529.2010,000
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We are offering a Hyundai IONIQ Electric on 3 year PCH (3+35); this stands for Personal Contract Hire and is a personal lease. You put down an initial payment and then pay a monthly fee, and drive away a new car with fuel included. At the end of the three year term you just give the car back and upgrade to the latest model.

It’s like a mobile phone contract, but with miles rather than minutes included.

The new IONIQ Electric comes in two versions, the Premium and the Premium SE. The Premium is well specified with TomTom® satnav, climate control, electric windows, heated and folding mirrors, adaptive cruise control, Bluetooth, 16″ alloy wheels, auto lights and wipers, leather steering wheel, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, LED headlights, wireless phone charging, autonomous braking, and rear parking sensors.

The Premium SE adds ventilated and electrically adjusted front seats, heated rear seats, leather seat trim, front parking sensors, and rear camera.

Hyundai IONIQ Electric (Image: Car Magazine)
Hyundai IONIQ Electric (Image: Car Magazine)

The other terms are as follows:

  • There’s an initial payment equal to 3 times the monthly payment.
  • All prices include VAT (these offers are only available to private customers).
  • Fuel included: you get free electricity over the contract term as listed above (this is at the Economy 7 rate but you are not required to switch to Economy 7).
  • You get free road tax and congestion charge exemption.
  • You get free telephone and email support.

Full details of what’s included in the deals are on the Fuel Included offer page.

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Coverage: We have bases and electric car suppliers in Milton Keynes, St Albans, London, Northampton, Bedford, Cannock, Leicester and Liverpool allowing us to supply all around the Midlands (including London, Luton, Oxford, Rugby, Kettering, Coventry, Nottingham and Birmingham). However we can deliver all around the country – just contact us for details.

Multi-Car Test Drive in Milton Keynes – This Friday 28th April 12pm – 2pm

FuelIncluded have organised a test drive day this Friday in Milton Keynes.

We shall have the three best-selling all-electric cars here; Nissan Leaf, Renault ZOE and the BMW i3.

Multi-car test-drive

Please contact us now if you would like to drive one or more of these great cars at a single, convenient location, with experts on hand to discuss and ask questions of.

When trains get cancelled, it’s time to pedal

I am a regular train/bike commuter cycling about 8 miles a day and doing the main part of my journey on a train. However, when all trains into Euston got cancelled last night due to a fire, I was fortunate enough to get a text from a friend saying he fancied the ride, and knew the way. I was not travelling light (still had laptop and other items in my bag), but thought “what the hell”.

I’m delighted that I did. Although a regular commuter cyclist, I haven’t done a longer ride like this for well over 15 years. I had also done a 5k run earlier that day so my legs were not the freshest (there – all my excuses up-front).

We enjoyed a beautiful route through the spring evening, which included a spectacular and steep ascent of Bison Hill near Whipsnade, well described here on thecyclehub. I have set no records as my stats below show. However, there is something very joyous about not having to depend on the rail network when things go wrong.

My cycling stats
Our BMW i3 on display outside our office (Image: T. Larkum)

Our First Milton Keynes Electric Car Event

At Fuel Included we’re very pleased to be members of the Entrepreneurial Spark programme.

Our BMW i3 on display outside our office (Image: T. Larkum)
Our BMW i3 on display outside our office (Image: T. Larkum)

As part of this we have office space in the Milton Keynes Hub. It was natural therefore for our first electric car event in Milton Keynes to be a display outside the Hub building.

The centrepiece was our new BMW i3 94Ah on show. It generated a lot of interest, particularly amongst those visitors who had not seen an electric car up close before.

Naturally, we have plans for organising more MK events through this year – and you’ll read about them here first.

 

Longer range BMW i3 on Business Lease (BCH)

BMW i3 Business Lease Offers

We have new deals available from 18th April for businesses looking to lease the new longer range BMW i3.

BMW i3 'Stormtrooper' (Image: BMW)
BMW i3 ‘Stormtrooper’ (Image: BMW)

We are offering a BMW i3 (94Ah) auto hatchback on 3 year BCH (Business Contract Hire – effectively a long term rental) with a 3 month upfront payment on a 3 year term (‘3+35’ respectively). As these are business leases, there is no Fuel Included service as standard. However, you do get the usual free car tax (for the BEV version) and congestion charge exemption as well as often free public parking and charging.

These are the current prices (with the lowest ones highlighted):

Battery Electric (BEV)Range Extender (REx)
Payment Terms:3+353+35
8,000 miles pa£284£313
10,000 miles pa£292£322
12,000 miles pa£304£335
15,000 miles pa£316£348
20,000 miles pa£338£374
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The i3 is a very exciting car – arguably the most advanced in the world being 100% electric and the only mass production car made with a carbon fibre frame (plus aluminium chassis and plastic body panels). We have selected news and reviews (and blogging about our own i3) to read here.

A battery upgrade for the BMW i3 sees range almost doubled
The new BMW i3 (94Ah) in the new Protonic Blue colour

A unique feature of the i3 is that it comes in two versions:

  • As a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) – the car just uses electricity from the battery to drive and you recharge it as necessary.
  • With a Range Extender (REx) – as an option the i3 can have a small petrol engine fitted under the boot which recharges the battery when it runs lows on charge.

In both cases we only provide the longer range version of the i3 battery known as the ’94Ah’ (which relates to the specification of the battery cells). Where the previous i3 battery had a range of 70-90 miles this new battery has a range of 120-140 miles. In the case of the REx version (with its engine and 9 litre petrol tank) the total range is over 200 miles.

The other offer terms are as follows:

  • Prices shown exclude VAT.
  • Prices are for a standard car (solid paint, options as listed) – ask us to quote for other options such as automatic cruise control and automatic parking.
  • Maintenance is not included.
  • You get free road tax for the BEV and congestion charge exemption for both versions.
  • While benefits for electric cars are changing, currently you get cheap charging on motorways and many public locations, plus free parking in many town centres and railway stations.
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Buy a New BMW i3 on PCH

BMW i3 Personal Contract Purchase (PCH) Deals

We have new deals available from 18 April for private buyers looking to buy the new longer-range BMW i3.

BMW i3 'Stormtrooper' (Image: BMW)
BMW i3 ‘Stormtrooper’ (Image: BMW)

We are offering a BMW i3 (94Ah) auto hatchback on 2, 3  or 4 year PCH (Personal Contract Hire – effectively a long term rental). To keep these prices low, there is no Fuel Included service as standard. However, you do get the usual free car tax (for the BEV version) and congestion charge exemption as well as often free public parking and charging.

These are the current prices (with the lowest ones highlighted):

Battery Electric (BEV)Range Extender (REx)
Payment Terms:3+353+35
8,000 miles pa£385£420
10,000 miles pa£393£429
12,000 miles pa£402£439
15,000 miles pa£415£454
20,000 miles pa£436£479
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The i3 is a very exciting car – arguably the most advanced in the world being 100% electric and the only mass production car made with a carbon fibre frame (plus aluminium chassis and plastic body panels). We have selected news and reviews (and blogging about our own i3) to read here.

A battery upgrade for the BMW i3 sees range almost doubled
The BMW i3 (94Ah) in the new Protonic Blue colour

A unique feature of the i3 is that it comes in two versions:

  • As a Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) – the car just uses electricity from the battery to drive and you recharge it as necessary.
  • With a Range Extender (REx) – as an option the i3 can have a small petrol engine fitted under the boot which recharges the battery when it runs lows on charge.

In both cases we provide the longer range version of the i3 battery known as the ’94Ah’ (which relates to the specification of the battery cells). Where the previous i3 battery had a range of 70-90 miles this new battery has a range of 120-140 miles. In the case of the REx version (with its engine and 9 litre petrol tank) the total range is over 200 miles.

The other offer terms are as follows:

  • Prices shown include VAT.
  • Prices are for a standard car with solid paint, with or without REx – ask us to quote for other options such as automatic cruise control and automatic parking.
  • Maintenance is not included.
  • The excess mileage fee is 8p to 10p per mile, depending on contract terms.
  • You get free road tax for the BEV and congestion charge exemption for both versions.
  • While benefits for electric cars are changing, currently you get cheap charging on motorways and many public locations, plus free parking in many town centres and railway stations.
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Is it Beyonce or the Flying Scotsman?

Cycling home last night I saw a bunch of amateur paparazzi standing by the road, cameras poised. I stopped and asked “Who’s coming? Is it Beyonce?”. A lady pointed to the train line on the bridge and said “No – the Flying Scotsman is due here in about 2 mins”.

Well, that seemed well worth waiting for so I spent a few minutes chatting to the very friendly train spotters. As it came past, I grabbed a quick video of it zipping through to the right, then eclipsed by a modern electric zipping through to the left. Impressive speed, but smaller than I imagined.

Coincidentally or not, on the radio this morning (Today program on R4) I heard a spokesman talking about trying to re-introduce steam into the current rail network. An interesting idea, but hard to see how it could easily be achieved without burning fossil fuels, so on the opposite path to a more more renewable based electric society.

Rhapsody in Blue, Part 3

Today we had another trip to Birmingham but since our destination was past the city centre (130 miles round trip) and I wanted to go fast on the motorway I made no effort to do it all on one charge.

We were taking our daughter to a gymnastics competition. After it was over we headed back towards Northampton but stopped at Corley Services for dinner. And so we made use of the Corley Ecotricity rapid charger again.

While we had our burgers the i3 filled up with time to spare. I took photos of each step of the process and will write that up soon as a guide to rapid charging.

Spring has sprung and it’s not just my Renault ZOE that’s smiling

Summer is on its way, the sun is shining and I’m full of energy, much like my Renault ZOE.

On a beautiful sunny day last week, I returned to my fully charged electric car, did my usual reset of ‘Trip B’ on the right hand stalk and looked at my estimated range – it gave me a lovely reading of 89 miles (22kWh ZOE).

Although winter range isn’t a big problem (us eco warriors are made of sterner stuff), there is something quite satisfying when you see the estimated range increase by about 15 miles, simply because it’s warm and sunny outside, and it’s still only spring.

I’m told the range increases because chemical reactions work better at higher temperatures, and obviously a chemical reaction must take place to create energy. But I quite like to imagine my Renault ZOE as a true sun worshipper, rejoicing in the change of season 😊