Electric Cars – What are they all about then?

It dawned on us a week or so ago at Dorset Car Leasing, after attending an online training session that there is still a great deal of confusion out there about electric cars, so here is a blog which you may find interesting.

Like it or not, we will all be driving electric cars/vehicles in the not too distant future. 2030 is only nine years away now and the Government has made it very clear to manufacturers what they need to do.

An Electric Vehicle (EV) is deemed to be a vehicle that you can charge externally. Here is a brief outline of the most common types currently available:

· Pure electric cars (known as BEV’s – battery electric vehicles) where the battery is the only power source. (An example of these are – Nissan LEAF, BMW i3, Volkswagen ID3, Tesla, Jaguar i-Pace, Polestar 2, etc).

· Plug-in hybrid (known as PHEV’s – plugin hybrid electric vehicles) whereby they have a battery and internal combustion engine (ICE) with a motor and/or engine providing drive. (An example of these are – Mitsubishi Outlander, BMW 330e, Hyundai Ioniq, Volkswagen Golf GTE, Mercedes A250e, etc).

So, what’s the difference in cost to run compared to a conventional car?

Below are average figures to provide a rough idea of the difference in costs based on pence per mile:

· Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) – 16p

· Plug in Hybrid (PHEV) – 11p

· Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) – 3p

What about charging and how long does it take?

This in one of the questions we get asked the most. Many people are opting to have a home charging unit installed. In our opinion this is a great idea, especially as it is still possible to take advantage of the government grants available. Depending on what type of home charger you go for will determine the cost and how quickly it will charge the car.

For example, a 3.6kW (kilowatt) charger will cost circa £449 (inc VAT and installed) and would fully charge a Volkswagen e-Golf in under 10 hours. A 7kW charger is circa £529 and would charge the same car in under 6 hours. (Please be aware this is just an example and different cars will take different lengths of time to charge).

Some of the fast chargers available at supermarkets, shopping centres and fuel stations could charge an e-Golf to 80% of its capacity within circa 30 minutes. A client of ours who has recently taken delivery of an e-Golf has been charging his car at his local Tesco whilst he does the weekly shopping and has not needed to charge it anywhere else since taking delivery 4 months ago! And the best bit is that there is no charge to do this at Tesco!

Government grants are also available for workplace charging points and a great deal of information (for both private and businesses) can be found here – https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-grants-for-low-emission-vehicles

How can I find out where the charging points are in case I need one when I’m out and about?

There are now 6,382 more devices at 4,087 more locations than this time last year and this will continue to grow significantly over the next few years.

One of the best websites for finding out what is near to you or how you can plan a route if you are going on a journey is www.zap-map.com

It is worth taking a look, you’ll probably be surprised what is just around the corner!

So how far will an electric car travel on a full charge?

There is a phrase known as Range Anxiety – ‘the fear that a vehicle has insufficient range to reach its destination leaving the occupants stranded’.

This is by far the discussions we have the most with our clients and in some circumstances can mean the difference between establishing if an EV is the right vehicle to go for or not. One thing is for sure, EV’s travel a lot further now than they did just a few years ago and the rate at which the technology is moving forward is staggering.

Below are examples of some of the ranges achievable from a variety of different manufacturers:

· BMW i3 – 193 miles

· Hyundai Kona 64kWh – 299 miles

· Mercedes EQC – 259 miles

· Nissan LEAF 3.ZERO e+ – 239 miles

· Peugeot e-208 – 217 miles

· Tesla Model 3 (Long Range) – 348 miles

· Vauxhall Corsa-e – 209 miles

· Volkswagen e-Golf – 144 miles

· Volkswagen ID.3 – 205 miles

· Volvo XC40 Recharge – 250 miles

As you can see there is a big variation in the distances covered, but for most people, there is now an EV available which is suitable and worthy of consideration.

Many forget an EV does not need to be fully charged. Many users “top up” the charge to 80% as this is quick and gives them a sensible working daily distance.

To give you an idea of the growth in registrations of EV’s, in 2013 there were 6,000 on our roads, in 2018 this number grew to 195,000 and by 2023 it is predicted there will be over 1 million.

Are electric cars a good idea for company car drivers?

Potentially, yes, very much so.

The government is very keen to get more and more people into zero emission cars as quickly as possible. One way to encourage people is to make EV’s as tax efficient as possible, therefore, from this current tax year, the company car tax payable for a car which has zero emissions is zero. Yes, you have read that correctly, no matter whether you are a lower or higher rate taxpayer, you will not pay any tax for having a company car if it is pure electric! Even if it is a Hybrid car the tax is very low compared to a petrol or diesel engine car.

There is also a great benefit to the employer as there is no Class 1a National Insurance payable either.

You may be thinking the tax payable will go up in the future which is a fair assumption, but, the government has confirmed the tax payable will only rise to 1% (of the cars P11d value) for the next tax year, 2% for the following tax year and will remain unchanged until 2025.

We have clients of ours who have seen this low rate tax as a way of potentially giving their valued employees a pay rise (by replacing their ‘normal’ car) without actually giving them a pay rise as their net income can increase significantly per month.

What about the cost of an EV, I hear they are very expensive?

Most electric cars are still benefitting from the government grant of £3,000 off the list price and many of the EV’s we supply funded via a leasing contract are now significantly better priced than they were a couple of years ago.

You also need to factor in the fuel savings available. You will recall the client of ours I mentioned previously who has been charging his e-Golf at Tesco for free – he used to spend circa £120 per month on fuel! They also do not need to be serviced as often as a conventional car which is therefore another potential saving. Our industry calls it whole life costs, and all these factors are essential to consider before disregarding the EV option.

Many of our clients have been pleasantly surprised by how well priced EV’s are when factoring in all these considerations and the relatively low leasing payments.

Summary

Hopefully, you have learnt a bit more about electric cars having read this blog. Please be aware this has been written to provide a brief overview and there are a lot of considerations before committing to an EV, but we all need to be thinking about it whether we make the change now or in say 5 years time.

We would love to help and would welcome the opportunity to discuss any vehicle procurement requirements you may have.

We have a great deal of experience in this field and have supplied many local companies with EV’s over the past few years having spent a great deal of time ensuring they fully understand how they can work for them both now and in the future.

Even if you are just ‘dipping your toe in the water’ when it comes to EV’s, please feel free to give us a call here at Dorset Car Leasing on 01202 821354 or e-mail hello@dorsetcarleasing.uk

Green Homes Grant Scheme

Adding Smart Heating Controls to your home will help you manage your heat more effectively, save you money and make your home more energy efficient.

If you’re a homeowner or residential landlord you can now apply for a £5000 Green Homes Grant voucher (up to £10,000 for low income households) towards the cost of installing energy efficient improvements to your home including  heating controls such as Inspire Home Automation’s Ignite Smart Thermostats.

You can apply directly for the grant, but it needs to be performed by an accredited installer.

Primary measures
The voucher must be used to install at least 1 primary measure. This can be an insulation measure and/or a low carbon heating measure.

Insulation measures covered by the voucher

  • solid wall insulation (internal or external)
  • cavity wall insulation
  • under-floor insulation (solid floor, suspended floor)
  • loft insulation
  • flat roof insulation
  • pitched roof insulation
  • room in roof insulation
  • insulating a park home

Low carbon heating measures covered by the voucher:

  • air source heat pump
  • ground source heat pump
  • solar thermal (liquid filled flat plate or evacuated tube collector)
  • biomass boiler
  • hybrid heat pump

Secondary measures

If you install at least 1 primary measure, your voucher can then be used to help cover the cost of  a secondary measure which includes heating controls.

An Inspire Home Automation Ignite Thermostat has geofencing enabled. This turns down your heating when your home is empty but then starts turning up the heat when you’re coming home. Our fully customisable system enables you to create 4 different programs for the time of year and set up schedules to suit, daily, weekdays/weekends or a different temperature setting for each day of the week.

Learn more about the Green Homes Grant Scheme

To find out more about the Green Homes Grant Scheme visit:https://www.gov.uk/guidance/apply-for-the-green-homes-grant-scheme

Get in touch
To discuss the Green Homes Grant Scheme and the Ignite range of Smart Thermostats and sensors please visit https://www.inspirehomeautomation.co.uk or give the team at FBN member Inspire Home Automation a call on 01202 798 390

Employment Law End of Year Update 2020

As we near the end of 2020, this is a summary of this year’s key changes to employment law relevant to SMEs:

  • All workers are now entitled to receive a written statement of terms (contract of employment) on or before the first day of employment. 
  • The abolition of the Swedish derogation relating to pay for agency workers came into force in April.
  • Businesses/agencies now need to provide agency workers with a Key Information Document setting out key facts at the start of an assignment.
  • For businesses with over 50 employees, regarding the ICE (Information and Consultation of Employees) Regulations, there has been a reduction in the percentage of employees required to make a valid request for an agreement on the sharing of information and consultation within the workplace. Previously it was at least 10% of the workforce who must put in a request before an employer is obliged to take steps to comply with this right. This percentage has now reduced to 2%. The requirement that at least 15 employees make the request has remained.
  • The holiday pay reference period increased from 12 weeks to 52 weeks.
  • There is now the right to parental bereavement leave and pay. Employed parents now have the right to 2 weeks’ leave if they lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy. Parents will also be able to claim pay for this period, subject to meeting eligibility criteria.
  • At the end of the year, the free movement of EU workers is due to end.

We hope you find this update useful, please don’t hesitate to contact FBN member Rebecca Clayton from R Human Resources if you’d like further information.

How to support your IMMUNE SYSTEM in these difficult times.

If you’re vulnerable to coughs & colds, infections, even flu or worse (Covid-19), you need to do everything you can to boost your immune system – the body’s natural ‘defence army’.

In addition to the lymphocytes (white cells) in our blood, the correct balance of gut bacteria plays a very significant role too – and you can do something about this.  The following advice won’t guarantee that you will never catch one of the bugs that go around, but it will help make your immune system ‘fighting fit’ and better able to mitigate symptoms if you do catch something. So, what should you consider taking:

Forever Aloe Vera Gel Drink.  
Aloe is great for skin and is an ideal pre-biotic digestive aid, but it’s also an immune system modulator.  Available in 3 flavours: – Natural (Code 715), Berry Nectar (Code 734) and Peaches (Code 777). £22.94 per litre carton.  Recommended daily dose is 60 to 100ml and take all year round for wide-ranging health benefits.

Forever Active Pro-B.
Blends six strains of friendly bacteria to quickly help counter balance too many ‘unfriendly’ ones.  The capsules do not require refrigeration, are allergen free and suitable for vegetarians.  Code 610.  £35.71 for 30 capsules.  Recommended daily dose is one capsule, but only for one month.

Forever Immublend.  
This synergistic blend of nutrients is high in Vitamin C, D and zinc, all of which contribute to the normal function of the immune system. Code 355. £18.19 for 60 tablets.  Recommended daily dose is 2 tablets.

And don’t forget personal hygiene – you can’t go wrong using Forever Aloe Hand Soap, a gentle but effective liquid formula of Aloe with fruit extracts to leave your skin clean, soft & hydrated.  Code 523. £14.83 for 473ml pump dispenser.

And for sanitizing your hands, there’s nothing better than Forever Instant Hand Cleanser.  Powerful & refreshing, this cleanser will keep the whole family protected wherever the adventure leads.  This citrus-scented aloe-based hand cleanser is ideal in all circumstances. Code 003. £12.85 for 250ml bottle.

All these products are available from Ferndown Business Network member Peter Stockwell-Jones M: 07947 685785 E: peter@wessex-aloe.com or via his online shop at www.wessex-aloe.com

7 Major Points Why Magazine Advertising Works!

1. Target a captive audience

Our readers are incredibly proud and passionate about where they live. Our local magazines offer a sense of community and serve as an important ‘hub’ where locals can learn about their surroundings… including your products and services!

2. Make sure your ads stand out

Do not fall for the myth that ‘print’ is dead. In an age where the online space has a sea of digital ads, your local magazine has far less competition. Thus enabling you to stand out from the crowd!

3. Enable sense of security

Web surfers have become weary of clicking on banner ads. Even if they are enticing, they feel there is a lack of security online. With our print magazines the consumer has nothing to fear. This makes your audience more receptive to your message!

4. Longer shelf life 

While digital ads come and go, print ads have staying power! Our magazines are read countless times. Your advert can be strategically placed to maximise your promotion! Our magazines are placed directly in the hands of your local consumer through door to door distribution. They are also available at large retail outlets with high foot traffic!

5. Brand recognition & loyalty

Advertising in reputable local magazines like ours allows local people to become familiar with your business. In the long run this encourages brand loyalty and recommendation to others!

6. Credibility

Our local magazines are valued and respected publications that build a sense of community among local consumers. As an advertiser, you benefit from this credibility as your ads become much more than ‘just an ad’, they become recommendations from a trusted source.

7. Tactile experience

Did you know that the average reader only spends 15 seconds on a website before moving on? People interact differently with our print magazines, they take their time and linger. This means they fully interact with our content including your ad!

Interested in Promoting your business. Contact FBN member Dorset Publications to answer any other questions you have! Tel Debbie: 01202 894397

Looking to increase business? Join us!

At FBN we are continuing to grow! Are you looking for some friendly business support and networking? Then why not join us. We are looking for a wide range of companies to become members, who have capacity to grow, so we can begin to work with each other.

Limited to only one person per profession. Come & see how our approach to increasing business for each other can also benefit you. 

Complete our on-line enquiry form and we’ll send you the link to join our next meeting taking place on Friday mornings from 7.30AM, currently on zoom.  Our available categories include:

  • Architect
  • Bricklayer
  • Builder
  • Car body shop specialist
  • Carpet / Floor Cleaner
  • Chiropractor
  • Construction
  • Fencing
  • Fire & Security specialist
  • Florist
  • Gardener
  • Handyman
  • Mental Health & Well-being
  • Health & Safety Specialist
  • House Maker Over
  • HR Specialist
  • Insolvency
  • IT Specialist
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Local Radio (Forest FM/Wave 105)
  • Locksmith
  • Oven Cleaner
  • Painter/Decorator
  • Plaster
  • Photographer
  • Physiotherapist
  • Plumber
  • Roofer
  • Solicitor
  • Sports Physio
  • Telecommunications
  • Travel agent
  • Tree Specialist
  • Town Planner

We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Post lockdown chauffeured car service

Since March we have not been able to go out to celebrate that special occasion.NOW THAT WE HAVE A ONE METRE SOCIAL DISTANCE RULE WE CAN!

If you missed that special birthday, wedding anniversary or social gathering, now book a Chauffeured car with AT YOUR SERVICE to take you there and back in style, and not worry about driving yourself.

For the time being, everyone will be required to wear a face mask, which can be supplied if necessary.Anti bacterial spray will be used before and after every journey, and we also supply hand sanitiser.

Of course we can also take you to the airport, or supply cars for weddings, or sporting events. Contact David Allen by email, or mobile for more details. 

Time to enjoy seeing friends and family once more! 

Email: david.ays1@gmail.com
Mobile 07976 279897
Landline 01202 871122

Are Diesel cars really that bad?

Back in the year 2000 when we were all told planes would fall out of the skies and our PC’s would pack up and never work again, diesel-engined cars accounted for just 14.1% of the new car market. By 2011, this figure had increased to 50.6%.

One of the main reasons for this rise in popularity was the introduction of Benefit in Kind for company car drivers in 2002, who, at the time were encouraged to choose lower emission cars which diesels were. The change in taxation regime also led to many engineering advances which led to a reduction is CO2 emissions from an average of 181 g/km in 2000 to 120.1 g/km in 2016.

The landscape changed for diesels in 2015 though when reports of air quality concerns started hitting the headlines and what became known as ‘Dieselgate’ led to manufacturers selling 38% fewer diesel cars by the end of 2018 than at their peak. NOx became the new CO2 and we started to see the introduction of Clean Air Zones, increases in Vehicle Excise Duty and supplements to Company Car Tax.

A recent Government statement read ‘cleaner diesel cars and vans can play an important part in reducing CO2 emissions from road transport during the transition to zero-emission vehicles’.

With the introduction of the new emissions testing regime known as The Real Driving Emissions (RDE) test, future vehicles will be tested more rigorously to measure pollutants such as NOx, emitted by cars on the road.

With more and more engineering developments we are starting to see manufacturers produce diesel engine cars which are scoring maximum points for the Green NCAP Clean Air Index, the same as electric vehicles. Whilst electric vehicles produce no pollutant emissions, we are beginning to see diesel engine cars, with proper calibration and effective after treatment, can deliver extremely low pollutant emissions.

In recent test carried out by a German automobile club, one of the diesel vehicles tested did not emit any NOx emissions at all which demonstrates how quickly the engineers are developing clean diesel engines.

Might Diesel cars still be a good choice for company car drivers?

Maybe. The latest RDE2 compliant diesel cars are exempt from the 4% diesel Benefit in Kind (BiK) surcharge which comes into effect from April 2020, meaning they are charged at the same rate as a petrol engine powered car with the same CO2 emissions. Some manufacturers are even producing plug-in hybrid diesels which not only are very fuel efficient, but also benefit from an incredibly low BiK rate.

Neil Carlton, Director of Poole based dorsetcarleasing.uk said ‘over the past couple of years there has been great confusion when it comes to the real situation regarding petrol versus diesel cars. We have had situations whereby companies have switched from diesel cars into petrol equivalents and reported a significant drop in MPG which has pushed their and their employee’s fuel spend up by around 15-20%. We strongly recommend that any future car changes are considered very carefully, and proper advice should be sought’.

Ferndown Business Network Members Neil Carlton and his business partner Andrew Garaway can be contacted via www.dorsetcarleasing.uk or by calling 01202 821354

Keep your hands clean

Keeping your hands clean is one of the most important things we can do to stop the spread of germs and stay healthy. On average, people wash their hands around eight times a day, and the Global Hygiene Council recommends even more, especially since handwashing can help to prevent the spread of germs.

BUY NOW at http://www.wessex-aloe.com or call Ferndown Business Networkmember ‘Dr’ Peter on 07947 685785

Cut your electricity bills by 15% forever

Go green with free, energy-efficient LED light bulbs for as long as you’re with FBN Member Utility Warehouse. We’ll replace all the bulbs in your home, typically worth £300 – £500. The bulbs are bright, light up instantly, and are fully dimmable. Good for you, good for the environment.

‘Challenging society’s rules by living the life we design’ www.funlife.co.uk

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