Electric vehicles

Imagine a busy modern lifestyle with less noise and no pollution. The choice and variety of models of electric vehicles such as cars, bicycles, scooters, vans, and lorries are increasing. And as demand increases, they’re going down in price too. 

Zero emissions

EVs produce no greenhouse gas emissions at point of use which means we’ll all breathe in less pollution when we’re walking along the roads or cycling to town. 

Plus electric vehicles in Guernsey are powered by over 93% imported energy, which is 100% renewable. By driving electric, you’ll be helping our island reach net carbon zero by 2050, or before. 

Charging 

We strongly recommend having a charging point installed at your property. These compact systems will charge your vehicle faster and more safely than a conventional wall socket.

Help future-proof your home when you’re considering any renovations that involve modifications to your electricity wiring. This can be done by having cables installed beneath your home that will allow an electric vehicle charging point to be fitted when you need it.

Most people only need to charge up once a week because of the short distances in Guernsey. This makes electric vehicles the perfect choice for a small island.  

Network infrastructure

Guernsey Electricity has been making substantial changes to meet the growing demand for electricity as more people switch to electrical solutions such as electric vehicles.  

Electricity substations and fusing points across the island are being replaced, upgraded and modernised. Where necessary, areas are also being supplemented with additional substations to make sure they’re ready to meet the future demand.

Registering an EV

If you’re importing a new or used electric vehicle into the island, the registration process is exactly the same as for a petrol or diesel vehicle. However, you won’t have to pay the First Registration Duty as battery electric vehicles are zero-rated. 

This duty is based on a vehicle’s carbon dioxide emissions per km which means that some hybrid vehicles are also zero-rated.

Corporate fleets

An electric vehicle’s superior efficiency, the relatively low cost to charge the vehicles, and the high usage of corporate fleet vehicles means businesses can quickly recoup the up-front cost of an electric vehicle and achieve a lower total cost of ownership.

The variety of electric commercial vehicles is growing all the time. You might be surprised to learn there are electric buses, refuse trucks, articulated haulage lorries, as well as mid-sized vans for trades.

Having electric vehicles on a company’s asset register will also support your business sustainability and carbon reporting while providing the cost-saving opportunities.

Companies can describe the climate-related risks and opportunities identified and implemented by choosing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through switching a corporate fleet to electric.

Find your EV supplier

EVGo

Le Mont Saint Garage

Jackson’s Garage

Doyle Motors

Forest Road Garage

Freelance

Paul’s Motors

Barras Car Centre

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How much do electric vehicles cost to buy?

With more and more people switching, the EV market is growing, and as demand for sustainable transport increases, the cost to buy an electric vehicle will decrease. Speak to an electric car dealer for more information.

How much does it cost to run electric vehicles?

How often do you drive? Average drivers in Guernsey use their cars for 14-20 miles a day. EVs cost around 0.02p per mile, meaning you could be driving your new car for just £2 a week.

If you’re a more frequent driver or want to take your car on longer journeys, you will need to charge the battery more often. However, the cost to fully charge a battery compared to the cost of filling a fuel tank with petrol or diesel is still far less.

Will the car battery run out of charge quickly?

New electric vehicle models have a range of 200-250miles, and as technology advances, the range capacity in every electric vehicle produced will increase.

‘Range anxiety’ is now a common expression, but is something that manufacturers will be highly aware of during product development. 

Battery life can be extended with some subtle tweaks to driving habits, such as anticipating stops rather than breaking hard, and using less of the in-car entertainment systems and other accessories that rely on battery power. 

The climate you’re driving in will also affect the battery life. In Guernsey, our mild climate means we can get more miles from our batteries than drivers in very hot or cold climates.

Will our network be able to cope when everybody is driving electric?

If you see workmen out on the roads with Guernsey Electricity vans and uniforms, they’re probably upgrading our network for us. 

Dedicated teams at Guernsey Electricity who manage and maintain the network have been making substantial changes to meet the growing demand for electricity as more people switch to electrical solutions such as electric vehicles.  

Electricity substations and fusing points across the island are being replaced, upgraded and modernised. Where necessary, areas are also being supplemented with additional substations to make sure they’re ready to meet the future demand.