Once customers have leased their car, Gridserve Car Leasing will send a free contactless charging card in the post to use for three months.

The company has had to raise its EV network charging prices.

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Gridserve has announced that three months of electric vehicle charging will now be included with every lease from its Car Leasing operation.

Customers will be able to access free charging across the 160+ Gridserve Electric Highway locations for their first three months of motoring.  

For those looking to make the switch to an EV, Gridserve Car Leasing says it offers deals on all the latest EV models, and aims to make the process of choosing a new EV as easy as possible. Since July, prospective customers have been able to test drive a range of EVs at the Gridserve Electric Forecourts in Braintree and Norwich, saving them the bother of visiting multiple showrooms. Gridserve claims it is the only test drive programme of its kind in the UK that enables drivers to experience the most popular EVs from multiple brands, receive impartial advice, learn about EV charging solutions and explore leasing offers, all in one place. 

Once customers have leased their car, Gridserve Car Leasing will send a contactless charging card in the post to use for three months. 

The contactless charging card can be used across the Gridserve Electric Highway, which covers 85% of the UK’s motorway service areas as well as popular retail destinations. The network also includes the award-winning Electric Forecourts in Braintree and Norwich.   

Robert Buckland, sales and operations director for Gridserve, said:  “With three months charging to use on our extensive and reliable network, now is a great time to lease an EV from Gridserve. Gridserve is continuing to deliver on its mission to move the needle on climate change by providing the EV charging infrastructure supplied by renewable energy for those already in EVs and also giving impartial advice and great leasing offers to help those make the switch to EVs.” 

The announcement follows closely on the heels of the company informing its customers of an increase in charging prices, blaming the ”unprecedented times for inflation, energy prices, supply chain costs and exchange rates”.

The statement said: ”Whilst we also use our own solar farms to deliver low-cost, net-zero carbon energy for our network, we are experiencing huge growth on our charging network, exceeding 100,000 electric vehicle charges every month. As a result, our charging needs currently exceed our solar energy production. This means we have to purchase increasing amounts of renewable energy from the market, which is expensive as it is pegged to the spiralling wholesale natural gas (fossil fuel) price. This has materially increased our costs.”

The new prices are: 66p/kWh for power up to 350kW; 65p/kWh up to 60kW; and 49p/kWh up to 22kW.