Our guide to private hire electric vehicles

Written by Benedict Harrison

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Everything you need to know about using an electric vehicle for private hire work and how to get a quote for Private Hire insurance with Zego.

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With new makes and models available every year, there is a growing trend in the number of private hire drivers using an electric vehicle for their work. But choosing the right car for your private hire work isn’t always an easy decision to make.

In this post, we’ll take a look at some information that may help you decide whether an electric vehicle is right for you. We’ll also look into how you can get started with your quote for Private Hire insurance.

How often do electric vehicles need charging?

If you work as a private hire driver, we know how important it is for you to stay on the move. You need a car you can rely on, so you don’t miss out on any jobs that come your way. The latest models of electric vehicles have a 60-80kWh battery and they are capable of travelling between 200-250 miles on a single charge.

With a battery that lasts as long as that, you won’t need to worry about your car running out of charge mid way through your shift. The size of the battery is always an important consideration, as it determines how far you can travel on one charge.

Where can you charge your electric vehicle?

If you have access to off street parking at home, you can install a home charger, so you can always start your shift with a fully charged car. If you ever find that you’re running low on charge when you’re at work, there are a growing number of free and paid electric vehicle charging points.

A rapid charge point can charge your vehicle in as little as 20-30 minutes and TFL plans to install another 300 of these across the capital before the end of the year.

What are the benefits of electric vehicles for private hire drivers?

If you use an electric vehicle for your private hire work, you can access a number of benefits, including exemption from road tax, the Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ), zero emission zones and congestion charges.

If you regularly work in zones such as these, where you may have to pay to enter them with a standard vehicle, an electric vehicle can help to reduce the costs associated with your work. With congestion charges of £15 and a daily ULEZ charge of £12.50, your savings can add up very quickly.

What does Zego offer for electric vehicles?

At Zego, we offer competitive quotes to drivers using electric vehicles for private hire work. You can choose your policy duration, level of cover and customise your policy by choosing from our great range of optional extras to build a policy that works for you.

If you’re looking to get started with your quote for Private Hire insurance, you can fill in your details using the form below.

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For more information, you can visit our Private Hire insurance page, or get in touch with our friendly team. We’re available 7 days a week and we’re always happy to help.