Motability prioritises EV adoption; focuses on cost, innovation in leasing

Electric vehicle (EV) adoption is to be at the heart of Motability Operations which is committing to keep pricing low for it 760,000 disabled customers.

Motability which operates the UK’s largest car fleet insists scheme customers continue to get the best value deals – at 48% cheaper than commercial leasing alternatives – at a time when the market is highly unpredictable.

Its new price list until the end of September features a wide range of new EV models from various manufacturers several of which require no up front payment, including:  

  • Renault Megane e-Tech, EV60 160kW Evolution Comfort Range 60kWh, with a driving range up to 280 miles. 
  • Skoda Enyaq Estate, 132kW 60 62kWh, with a driving range up to 249 miles. 
  • Jeep Avenger, 115kW Summit 54kWh  with a driving range up to 249 miles. 

“By forging close collaborations with the industry, including car manufacturers and dealers, Motability Operations keeps prices as low as possible,” it said. 

With manufacturers are prioritising the production of EVs to meet the Zero Emissions Vehicle (ZEV) mandate, it noted that while there are fewer petrol and diesel cars available in the new car market, customers who aren’t ready to switch to an EV can still opt for petrol and diesel vehicles offered by Motability.

It said that while increasing costs of insurance, servicing and maintenance means will remain affordability challenges, its three-year leasing package, which includes insurance, breakdown assistance, servicing, maintenance, tyres and windscreens, represents value for money.

Andrew Miller, chief executive of Motability Operations said: “As the UK’s biggest car buyer, we can leverage our scale to navigate the industry pressures and drive affordability for our customers. By collaborating with our scheme partners, we’re still able to offer our customers great value for money in our latest price list.”   

Motability is also focussing on driving EV adoption through several initiatives. The organisation has recently launched its Go Charge app to improve paying for public EV charging and in the home, it is working with Ohme to install home chargepoints. Additionally, it is working with CALLUM to develop a new-generation electric wheelchair-accessible vehicle concept. 

The new price list from the Motability Scheme runs from 1 July-30 September and specific models are subject to availability.

Andy Broadfield will be joining the business from Direct Line Group (DLG) in November, as managing director of electric and insurance to spearhead the company’s electrification strategy and develop the customer insurance experience. 

Andrew Miller, CEO of Motability Operations, said Broadfield’s background in innovation and EV expertise, coupled with his comprehensive understanding of its insurance operations, will be invaluable.

“Andy’s leadership will undoubtedly enhance our continued commitment to providing exceptional customer experiences and sustainable solutions.” 

Broadfield will focus on developing the scheme’s lease model as the company’s EV fleet grows, ensuring customers continue to get the best experience in a volatile market. “Working with the many EV industry pioneers, we will deliver innovative solutions to make them more accessible and affordable for our customers,” he said.

Broadfield will also lead the company’s insurance operations, focusing on improving the customer experience whilst maintaining the exceptional value the current leases offer.  

Tim Harris, who has been overseeing insurance on a part-time basis, will transition to a new role chairing the company’s insurance business, providing oversight of both DLG and Isle of Man operations.  

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