Forget owning a car, renting by the hour is the future. That’s the message from the WEF and many other government departments, charities and climate change proponents. Well, renting certainly saves you from being stuck with a dead battery pack on an EV eight years down the line, so there’s that. Long term, the switch to rental cars might be bad news for insurers, it might be good – as you still need to cover drivers, passnegers and third parties when hire EVs are trundling around city centres at 20mph. So maybe the future is partnership with bigger brands?
Here’s some news from Onto;
Vauxhall is partnering with Onto, the all-inclusive electric car subscription service, to provide 700 Corsa-e and Mokka-e cars to Onto’s fleet. This will provide British motorists with an alternative and flexible way to get an award-winning electric car from Vauxhall. The cars, which feature the Elite Premium trim are available for Onto customers to book today for delivery from March and April respectively.
Onto was founded in 2017 with the goal of accelerating EV adoption and offering a sustainable, flexible and hassle-free alternative to traditional car ownership. Its all-inclusive car subscription service now has more than 5,500 active subscribers, with customers able to choose from a wide range of electric vehicles, now including the Corsa-e and Mokka-e. Through a monthly subscription, customers get the latest EVs with insurance, 750 miles per month, servicing and maintenance, and public charging at over 12,000 points included.
Powered by a 50kWh battery connected to a 136PS electric motor, the zero-emissions Corsa-e and Mokka-e can travel up to 222 and 209 miles respectively on a single charge (WLTP). Supporting up to 100kW rapid charging, an 80% charge takes just 30 minutes.
The Elite Premium trim features a striking exterior design enhanced by 17-inch bi-colour alloy wheels and a contrasting black roof, while the Corsa-e also benefits from IntelliLux LED® Matrix headlights.
Inside, the Mokka-e features Vauxhall’s innovative Pure Panel interior, with a single panel that contains both a 12-inch digital instrument display and 10-inch central touchscreen. Infotainment on the Corsa-e is provided via a 10-inch colour touchscreen which, like the Mokka-e, comes equipped with Satellite Navigation and Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™.
Onto customers will also enjoy further features such as heated front seats and a heated steering wheel, as well as front and rear parking sensors. Both cars come with a range of safety and driving aids, including driver drowsiness alert, speed sign recognition and automatic emergency city braking. The Mokka-e adds additional features including adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert (all speeds), and side blind spot alert and flank guard.
Rob Jolly, CEO and co-founder of Onto, said: “We are thrilled to be partnering with Vauxhall and growing the collection of brands and car models we offer to our customers. The Vauxhall team has a great commitment to expanding the range of electric cars in their fleet, which is fantastic for the industry. Introducing the award-winning Mokka-e, the new face of Vauxhall cars, and the Corsa-e, the hugely popular supermini to our fleet will further drive our mission to offer a flexible way for people to join the electric car revolution.”
Paul Willcox, Managing Director, Vauxhall, said: “I’m thrilled that Onto customers will be able to experience two of our fully electric models, the Corsa-e and Mokka-e. I’m sure they will prove very popular and customers will enjoy their striking designs, impressive technology and WLTP range of over 200 miles. Our aim is to democratise access to electric vehicles, so partnering with Onto is a great way for more drivers to be able to experience the benefits of driving electric.”
The Corsa-e and Mokka-e form part of Vauxhall’s comprehensive electrification offering. The British brand will offer an electrified variant across its entire model line-up by 2024 and will have a fully electric vehicle range by 2028 – seven years ahead of the UK Government deadline.