Electric vehicles

Imagine a busy modern lifestyle with less noise and no pollution.

The choice of electric vehicles such as cars, bicycles, scooters, vans, and lorries are increasing.

And as demand increases, they’re going down in price too. 

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A petrol car will cost you around £0.20 per mile *(see FAQs)

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An electric vehicle can cost just £0.02 per mile to run

Zero emissions

Electric vehicles produce no greenhouse gas emissions when we drive them. 

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. 

If you want to drive on renewables, the best time to charge is between 23:00 and 05:00 as during this quiet, off-peak period the power station is not needed to top up the network.

What about the carbon impact of producing the electric vehicle? Find out more

Charging 

We strongly recommend having a charging point installed at your property where possible.

These compact systems will charge your vehicle faster and more safely than a conventional wall socket.

You can also 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 property 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, making electric vehicles the perfect choice for a small island.  

And by charging your vehicle overnight during off-peak periods, you can benefit from cheap electricity and a lower carbon footprint as during this time we do not need to rely on the power station for our electricity.

 

How can I charge an electric vehicle?

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. And 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

Are you an electric car dealer in Guernsey? Get in touch to be added to the website

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?

It might cost you just £2 a week to drive an electric vehicle. 

If you’re an average driver in Guernsey , you might be driving your car 14-20 miles a day. EVs cost around 2.1p per mile, meaning you could be driving your electric car for just £2 a week.

To give you an idea of how much an EV may cost to run, try using Guernsey Electricity’s energy calculator by entering the vehicle’s kWh rating (e.g. 20kWh) and the time it would take to charge the vehicle in minutes (e.g. 180 minutes). This single charge can last some drivers in Guernsey a full week.

Comparatively, a petrol vehicle may cost 90% more to run at 20p per mile. This is based on 30miles per gallon (mpg), roughly 7miles per litre. If a litre of fuel at the pumps cost £1.40, this will work out at about 20p per mile. Bear in mind that cost to drive will increase as more duties are levied on fossil-fuels.

If you’re a more frequent driver or want to take your car on longer journeys, you will need to charge your EV 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.

When is the best time to charge an EV?

The cheapest and least carbon-intensive time to charge an electric vehicle in Guernsey is between 23:00 and 05:00.

This is because during off-peak periods, less people are demanding electricity from the network meaning less demand for a top-up from the power station. As well as great news for the planet, it’s also great news for your pocket as it’s making the most of the low-rate electricity.

And timers in your electric vehicle mean that you won’t need to wait until 23:00 each time you need to charge as you can just set it to start charging at whatever time you choose.

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.

Is an EV better for the environment?

In terms of carbon emissions over a vehicle’s lifetime, electric vehicles produce up to 65% less carbon than a petrol vehicle.

This figure also takes into account emissions generated during production of the vehicles, which can be a concern when considering the carbon impact of an electric vehicle.

Plus, an extra benefit of an EV is overnight charging.

This off-peak period is both better for your pocket and for the planet as we do not need to rely on the power station to top up our electricity during these quieter periods.