Electric Car Insurance

Find cover to keep your electric car moving with Swinton. Get a quote with our selected panel of insurers and choose the right Electric Car Insurance quote to suit you.

Why choose Swinton Insurance?

  • Cover for repairs — If your car is damaged in an accident or as a result of malicious damage, our Electric Car Insurance will cover the repair cost up to the market value of your vehicle.
  • Market-value pay-outs — If your car is damaged or you suffer a loss due to fire or theft, we will pay out up to the market value of your car.
  • Decades of experience — We have over 60 years of experience in helping our customers find Car Insurance quotes.
  • Award-winning customer care — Winner at the UK Customer Satisfaction Awards 2021.

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Some of the most popular electric car models we cover on our Electric Car Insurance policy:


MakeModel
NissanNissan Airya
Nissan Leaf
RenaultRenault ZOE
HyundaiHyundai Ioniq 5
KiaKia EV6
SkodaSkoda Enyaq
FiatFiat 500
BMWBMW i4
BMW iX
TeslaTesla Model 3
Tesla Model S
Tesla Model X
VolkswagenVolkswagen ID.3
Volkswagen e-Golf
AudiAudi E-tron GT


What types of electric cars are covered by Swinton Electric Car Insurance?

  • Battery electric vehicle (BEV) — Battery electric vehicles are one of the most popular types of electric car. They have an electric motor, which is powered by batteries. These batteries need to be recharged using a dedicated charge point — whether that’s a domestic socket or a public charging network. BEVs release zero emissions and, therefore, do not have a tailpipe, are quiet when running, and have lower running costs.
  • Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) — Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles have an electric motor, which is powered by batteries, and an engine which requires petrol or diesel to run. You can charge the batteries in a PHEV the same way as a BEV, but they have a lower range. Generally, after the electricity in the motor has depleted, a PHEV will switch to run on the petrol or electric engine so you travel further distances.
  • Hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) — Hybrid vehicles are similar to PHEVs because they run on both electricity and a petrol or diesel engine. However, the batteries in a HEV are much smaller and cannot be recharged at a mains point, instead, they self-charge when braking. This means that hybrid vehicles have a significantly lower electric range which often only works at low speeds. The engine is the primary power source so they produce more carbon emissions than BEVs and PHEVs, but less than non-electric vehicles.
  • Extended range electric vehicle (E-REV) — E-REVs contain a battery, an electric motor, and a small petrol or diesel generator. The electric motor drives the wheels and the generator works to recharge the battery once it runs out of electricity. E-REVs are no longer sold in the UK as battery technology has since improved and BEVs offer a longer electric range.

What’s included in our Electric Car Insurance?

  • Car Insurance — Covers loss or damage caused by fire, theft, accident, or malicious damage.
  • Courtesy car — If your electric car needs to be taken off the road, you'll be entitled to a courtesy car while your vehicle is being repaired.
  • Windscreen Cover — If your windscreen requires repairs or replacement, we’ll cover the cost of repairs up to £150 and subject to excess. This increases with other levels of cover.
  • Replacement locks — In the event that you need to get the locks on your vehicle replaced as a result of an accident or malicious damage, we’ll cover the cost up to £300. This increases with other levels of cover.
  • Cover for personal belongings — We’ll cover you for claims up to £200 made on personal effects and baggage stolen from your electric car.
  • Driver’s Legal Protection — We’ll cover you for up to £10,000 of legal fees following an accident that wasn’t your fault.
  • Battery cover — Cover for electric and hybrid car batteries that are subject to accidental or malicious damage and theft.
  • Charging equipment cover — Cover for all charging equipment, including adaptors and cables.
  • Liability cover if someone trips over your charging cable — Cover in case someone trips over your electric vehicle’s charging cable while outside of your property.

Extras and add-ons

  • Protected No Claims Bonus – Protecting your no-claim bonus allows you to make a claim without your no-claim bonus being reduced.
  • Breakdown Cover  Recovery to the nearest charging point if your battery runs out of electricity in the UK.
  • Driver’s Legal Protection – We’ll cover you for up to £10,000 of legal fees following an accident that wasn’t your fault.
  • Uninsured Driver Cover – Cover for if you are involved in an accident that wasn’t your fault and the person responsible for the accident is not insured.
  • New car replacement – If you’re involved in an accident that results in damage to or loss of your vehicle which is less than 12 months old, we’ll replace it with a new one of the same make, model, and specification.
  • Misfuel Cover – We’ll pay up to £2,500, in addition to the policy excess, to drain and flush your fuel tank and repair any damage caused by misfuelling.
  • Excess Insurance – We’ll repay your excess fees following a claim that results from damage caused by fire, theft, vandalism, or an accident.
  • 14-day hire car – You’ll have access to a hire car for up to 14 days if your car is not driveable or at a total loss, resulting from an insured accident where there is no identifiable third party responsible.

What are the benefits of owning an electric car?

1. No need to pay road tax

Fully electric vehicles are exempt from road tax costs, while hybrid cars are eligible for reduced rates.

2. Free parking

Many local councils offer a number of free, priority, or dedicated parking spaces for electric vehicles.

3. No congestion charges

You won’t have to pay congestion charges in London or Clean Air Zone fees in other areas.

4. More affordable to run

Generally, electric cars cost less to run compared to petrol or diesel-powered cars.

5. More environmentally friendly

Pure electric cars don’t emit any greenhouse gases and hybrids are more environmentally friendly than non-electric vehicles.

Things to consider when buying Electric Car Insurance

Unlike petrol and diesel-engine cars, electric vehicles have some unique features which you should take into consideration when choosing your policy. 

A few things which can affect your insurance premium are the electric range of your vehicle, its charging conditions, and whether you own or have leased the battery of your car. EVs with a shorter electric range may be more prone to running out of power, while those that require charging cables may need charging equipment cover as extra.

To learn more about electric cars, take a look at our guide to Diesel, Petrol, Electric, and Hybrid vehicles.

 

Frequently asked questions about Electric Car Insurance

What’s the difference between hybrid cars and electric cars?

The key difference between a hybrid and electric car is the way that each is powered. 

A hybrid car is powered by a traditional petrol or diesel engine as well as an electric motor, whereas a fully electric car only has an electric motor and completely runs off electric energy.

Hybrid cars can be plugged in to charge the batteries that power their electric motors, or they can self-charge through braking and don’t need to be plugged into the mains. Pure electric vehicles must be connected to a mains point to recharge their batteries.

 

Do you pay tax on electric cars?

Pure electric vehicles, which don’t require an additional fuel source to run and don’t emit any emissions, are exempt from vehicle tax.

Hybrid electric cars are eligible to pay a reduced rate of vehicle tax as they still use traditional fuel.

Do I need specialist insurance for an electric car?

No, our standard Car Insurance extends to cover most electric cars.

How much is insurance on electric cars?

Our Electric Car Insurance quotes vary depending on a number of factors such as your expected mileage, how many years No Claims Bonus you have, the car that you wish to insure, any optional extras you would like to add on to your policy, and more.

To get Electric Car Insurance, get a quote today.

Is electric car insurance cheaper than non-electric car insurance?

We take into consideration a range of factors when building your Electric Car Insurance premium. This includes your age, driving history, the type of vehicle you wish to insure, and your predicted mileage. The results of these factors can cause the price of your quote to vary.

Currently, electric vehicles can be more expensive to insure compared to non-electric cars because the technology that powers them is newer.

Is the excess higher on an electric vehicle?

No, the compulsory excess on an electric car policy is the same as a standard policy. The voluntary excess is set by the policyholder.

Do I need specialist breakdown cover for my electric vehicle?

To be safe, it’s always best to check the details of your policy to make sure your electric car is covered in the event of a breakdown.

Swinton Breakdown Cover will cover your electric vehicle, including help if you're out of charge, roadside assistance, jump-start, as well as recovery to the nearest garage, dealership or home address if necessary.

Is specialist breakdown cover more expensive than standard cover?

No, breakdown cover for electric and non-electric vehicles usually costs around the same price.

Can I transfer my existing car insurance on a non-electric car to my new electric car?

You can transfer your existing car insurance on a non-electric car to an electric car only if your current insurance provider will cover the make and model of the vehicle that you are transferring your policy over to. It’s recommended that you get in touch with your current car insurance provider to make sure that they can insure the vehicle that you wish to transfer your policy to.

Can I add another driver to my Swinton Electric Car Insurance policy?

You can add another named driver to your Swinton Electric Car Insurance policy which will cover them to drive your vehicle. Named drivers must not be the main driver of the vehicle registered in the policy.


To add a named driver to your policy, you can make the changes by logging into My Account.

 

Are electric cars reliable?

Electric cars are made with the latest technology and have evolved a lot from the first models that were available on the market. Now, they are more reliable than ever, but it depends on the model that you have and how you plan on using your vehicle.

Typically, an electric motor and battery have fewer moving parts which are less susceptible to going wrong. They also don’t need to be maintained as often as a petrol or diesel engine.

How much does it cost to recharge an electric vehicle?

With an at-home charging point, it may cost you around £2 to recharge your vehicle overnight.

Public charging points vary in price depending on their location; a full charge is estimated to be around a quarter of the price of filling up with traditional fuel.

What happens if someone breaks my charging cable?

If your charging equipment becomes damaged as a result of an accident, fire, or theft at a garage or at your home, our Electric Car Insurance will cover the cost.

We also offer liability cover as standard, which financially protects you if someone becomes injured from tripping over or damage caused by your charging cable.

What can I do if I run out of battery while on the road?

With Swinton Electric Car Insurance, our breakdown cover will provide recovery of your electric vehicle if your main battery packs run out of charge while on the road. We’ll help you get to the nearest compatible charging point or to your home address.

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