There are a long list of benefits to owning an electric Audi, not only are they better for the environment, they also provide cheaper running costs, around two-thirds cheaper than petrol or diesel. When driving a plug-in hybrid or a fully electric vehicle in electric mode, there are no tailpipe emissions released, which is much better for the environment
The average home electricity cost is currently 14.37p/kWh, which means that with an e-tron 55 for example, you can travel for around 6p per mile compared to 19p per mile on an average diesel car^. Many electricity providers are even offering specific home electric vehicle tariffs which could make your running costs even cheaper.
Designed to last the entire life cycle of the car, all Audi high-voltage batteries for Audi plug-in hybrids and fully electric have been fully crash tested and come with an eight years, or 100,000 miles warranty, whichever comes first. In addition to this, all other parts of your electric Audi are covered for up to three years after purchase.
Electric vehicles also have less moving parts compared to a combustion engine meaning they don't need servicing as often. On a pure electric vehicle there are just three components. The on-board charger, the inverter and the motor. An internal combustion engine, in comparison has a lot more moving parts, meaning it requires more maintenance to keep everything running smoothly.
The UK government is committed to helping people and businesses make the switch. There are grants* available for your electric car, home charging point and even your business.
Vehicles that have CO₂ emissions of less than 50g/km, can travel at least 70 miles emissions free and with a purchase price of less than £50k may be eligible for the OLEV Plug-In Grant*. This gives you £3,000 off the purchase price of an electric car. You may be eligible to receive a contribution towards the cost and installation (maximum of £350) of a home wall box with the government’s Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme (EVHS)**. You must: Have bought an Office for Low Emission Vehicles OLEV approved fully electric or plug-in hybrid car after 1st September 2014, have off-street parking at home, use an OLEV-approved installer, like Pod Point. Businesses, charities and public authorities can claim a grant of up to £350 per charging socket towards the cost of installing electric vehicle chargers**.
Plug-in hybrids and fully electric vehicles (less than 51g/km of CO₂) are currently exempt for paying VED (in the 20/21 tax year) . As well as this, electric vehicles qualify for the 100% cleaner vehicle discount, which means exemption from the congestion charge and are exempt from the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ). For the 100% discount, owners will need to register for the scheme.
The low or zero emissions from plug-in and fully electric vehicles will mean lower charges from the Clean Air Zones being implemented across the UK and the Ultra-Low Emission Zone in London. Drivers can find out more, please get in touch with your local council.
^Calculation based on e-tron 55 with an electric range of up to 250 miles (WLTP cycle) vs Q7 S line 50 TDI quattro triptronic 286PS with a combined 33.2 mpg (WLTP consumption). Average price of Diesel 129.6p/litre as of Dec 2019
* A £3,000 Plug-In Vehicle Grant is a grant currently offered by the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) to eligible manufacturers to promote the purchase of ultra low emission vehicles. The grant eligibility is based on the final purchase price including discounts, number plates, VED and VAT but excluding options, delivery charge & first registration fee. Your Audi centre will submit the details of your order online in order to claim the grant funding, if applicable. The grant is subject to full T&Cs and eligibility requirements. To find out more contact your Audi Centre or visit https://www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants.
The OLEV grants are subject to full terms and conditions and eligibility criteria. Vehicle eligibility and grant figure correct as at March 2020. UK sales only (excludes Channels Islands and Isle of Man). Grant scheme may be withdrawn and eligibility/amounts may change at any time without prior notice.
**In March 2020 the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) announced that the Electric Vehicle Homecharge scheme (EVHS) and Workplace Charging Scheme (WCS) would continue until 2021 and that the level of grant for EVHS and WCS is to be set at £350 (previously £500). For EVHS the new rate is applicable to installations on or after 1st April 2020, and for WCS to voucher applications submitted on or after 1st April 2020 (with the number of sockets allowed increasing from 20 to 40). The Government grants are subject to full terms and conditions and eligibility may be revised or withdrawn at any time without prior notice. This information is correct as of March 2020.