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Compare prices for electric and hybrid car insurance so you save money on your insurance, as well as your fuel

How much is electric car insurance?

We found that the average premium price for an electric car is £836.52.*

However, the price you’ll pay will depend on your driving history, experience and what car you’re insuring.

For example, a fully comprehensive policy for a Nissan Leaf costs on average £451.87, while a Tesla Model 3 costs £1,159.29.

You may want to add extras to your policy too, such as covering a rented battery, so prices can vary.

How much is electric car insurance?

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Do all insurance companies offer electric car cover?

Most mainstream insurance companies do offer electric car insurance and some specialist car companies also offer policies for electric cars and eco vehicles.

There’s no need to stick to the same insurer each year for your electric car because shopping around could save you money.

You’ll see a list of providers who can cover your EV when you compare your car insurance with us.

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Benefits of owning an electric car

There are many benefits to owning an electric vehicle...

  1. No road tax

    You won’t have to pay vehicle excise duty (road tax) on electric vehicles that cost less than £40,000

  2. Free parking

    Many local councils offer free parking for Evs, and charging points are usually close to the entrance of supermarkets and service stations

  3. No congestion charge

    There’s no congestion charge for owners of electric vehicles in London

  4. Cheap to run

    They cost around 2-3p per miles to run, which is considerably less than the average 16p per mile for petrol and diesel vehicles

  5. Better for the environment

    Electric vehicles produce zero emissions, making them far better for the environment than conventional internal combustion engines

Things to consider when buying electric car cover

There are features of electric car insurance you’ll have to think carefully about.

Electric cars are charged using power cables, so you might want to check your insurer provides liability cover if yours causes an accident, for example, if someone trips over it. As well as covering the cables, adaptors and boxes for damage or theft.

With some brands, you can lease batteries instead of buying them outright to reduce the purchase cost of your electric car. If you decide to do this, make sure your insurer knows and is still happy to cover you - you don’t want to find out you’re liable only after the car’s written off in an accident.

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Hybrid or electric?

Electric and hybrid cars have hit the mainstream, but which type is right for you?

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Electric cars are powered completely by batteries, making them extremely cheap to run - around 2-3p per mile.

This means the only way to top up is to plug-in at charging stations or at home, making longer commutes less practical than hybrid or fuel cars.

Electric cars are exempt from tax and congestion charges, as they emit no emissions.

Insurance premiums for EV’s are generally higher than hybrids, petrol and diesel-powered cars, due to being new and expensive technology.

Just like smartphones, the batteries that power electric cars only have a certain life span and can be extremely expensive to replace.

Key points

  • Tax and congestion charge-free
  • Zero emissions
  • Cheap to run - just a couple of pence per mile

Unlike electric cars, hybrid cars combine conventional petrol or diesel engines with electric motors.

This makes them much more efficient and environmentally friendly than pure petrol or diesel vehicles, with around 15-30% of the emissions.*

Some hybrid cars are ‘plug-in’ models, so they can be charged at home or at charging points, just like electric vehicles. But unlike EV’s, some hybrid engines can charge the batteries as you drive.

You’ll still need to fill your car up with petrol or diesel, which makes running them more expensive than fully electric cars.

Hybrids that emit less than 75g/km of CO2 are exempt from congestion charges.

Key points

  • Electric and fuel power gives greater flexibility and distance
  • 10-30% emissions of petrol and diesel engines
  • Some hybrids are congestion charge exempt

Can you get a government grant?

Some low-emission vehicles will be eligible for a grant from the government. These grants go towards the cost of buying a new vehicle.

The maximum grant is £3,500 for cars and is applied to the cost of the new vehicle at the dealership when you come to purchase. You don’t need to apply for it.

The amount you get towards the cost of your new vehicle depends on the category the vehicle is in.

You can view the full list of eligible vehicles on the government website.

Category Grant amount
Cars 35% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £3,500
Motorbikes 20% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £1,500
Mopeds 20% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £1,500
Vans 20% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £8,000
Taxis 35% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £7,500
Large vans and trucks For the first 200 orders, the grant will pay for 20% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £20,000. The grant will then pay for 20% of the purchase price, up to a maximum of £8,000

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[1]Up to £250 refunded after claim settled. Car insurance purchases only. Excludes breakdown, windscreen and glass repair/replacement. Full T&Cs apply.

[2]Department for Transport’s ‘Vehicle Licensing Statistics: (April 2018)’ by the end of 2017 there were 37.7m vehicles licenced for use on the roads in Great Britain, 83% of which were cars - that's 31,291,000. 15% of motorists auto-renewed their car insurance policy at the last renewal without checking prices 
Calculation: 
15% of 31,291,000 motorists auto-renewed = 4,693,650 
51% of those could have saved on their car insurance = 2,393,761 
2,393,761 x £247.29 = £591,953,157, which we rounded up to £592m

*Average price paid by GoCompare’s customers for fully comprehensive car insurance in November 2019

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