Octopus Pay as you Drive finance lets drivers
spread the cost of purchasing, maintaining & protecting their electric taxi more flexibility....
....by linking payments to earnings
With Pay as you Drive, much like a traditional energy bill, drivers are billed each month based on the distance their vehicle has travelled.
That means there are no charges during periods of downtime like holidays or short-term illness
and reduced charges for difficult months.
Which gives drivers the flexibility to enjoy time off without having the weight of a scheduled taxi repayment on your shoulders.
Octopus tailors Pay as you drive packages to suit the individual customer’s usage, vehicle specification and deposit requirements, as per the below example:
As with all financial products, there are some sensible restrictions in place to ensure fair usage. For example, a minimum mileage applies to ensure the loan is repaid within the maximum period. This is calculated over a six-month period, which in this example would be 10,750 miles, meaning a 150,000-mile loan would take 7 years to pay back.
The mileage under contract can be tailored to how drivers use their vehicle, up to a maximum contracted mileage of 175,000 miles (and 7.5 years maximum duration).
If a vehicle consistently covers a low mileage over this time, a 6-monthly ‘catch-up’ payment would be required to maintain the price-per-mile for the remainder of the mileage.
Prices are subject to Retail Price Index (RPI), up to a maximum of 3%, to cover loan administration charges. This means that the price-per-mile is adjusted year-on-year based on inflation.
Drivers can choose to add or extend their service plan or vehicle warranty, and this is spread over the loan duration by adding a few pence to the per-mile cost.
All TXs supplied by Octopus are fitted with a small integrated telematics box at no additional cost. This box works in a similar way to a home smart energy meter; feeding mileage information from the odometer back to Octopus in real-time to ensure accurate monthly bills, without the need for manual readings or estimates
Pay as you drive allows high-mileage drivers to repay the loan more quickly, without penalty and without committing to a higher weekly payment as would be the case with a shorter HP contract.
The types of drivers who have shown particular interest in Octopus Pay as you drive loans include:
|Drivers that experience seasonality in their work or that take extended holidays||Pay as you Drive offers them flexibility by allowing them to adjust the repayment on their taxi to reflect their earnings on a month by month basis|
|Drivers that generally cover lower mileage who are keen to own their taxi||Pay as you Drive allows for ownership with a low weekly finance payment versus traditional Hire Purchase (HP) by extending the repayment duration|
|Drivers that share their taxi with somebody else and who don't want to be penalised or face higher PCP contract charges for higher than expected mileage.||Pay as you Drive allows high-mileage drivers to repay the loan more quickly, without penalty and without committing to a higher weekly payment as would be the case with a shorter HP contract.|
Yes. Deposits vary from £2,000 to £25,000 depending on what best suits your needs.
Yes; if the driver switches their home energy supply to our fairly-priced green electricity partner Octopus Energy, we will include a free 7kW tethered EV charger with the taxi (subject to the home energy supply remaining with Octopus Energy for at least 24 months).
Don't worry! We are working with technology partners to provide on-street charging solutions.
Yes, the driver must meet a minimum mileage every 6 months from the start of the loan. If not, they will be charged as if they had driven the minimum mileage (with the corresponding mileage deducted from their outstanding miles under contract).
The contract is for a tailored mileage; so it depends on how many miles you drive per year.
For example, if you average 25,000 miles per year and you choose to repay your loan over 150,000 miles, the minimum 6-month mileage is 10,750 miles, which would take 7 years to pay back. This duration is tailored to how the driver uses their vehicle.
We can cover the cost of LEVC’s warranty and servicing packages. So the driver can choose to include the servicing package of up to 5 years / 150,000 miles; and the ‘Extended warranty (5 years / 150,000 miles) or the Extended Plus warranty (up to 7.5 years / 150,000 miles for driveline components). NB: The drive battery warranty is fixed at 5 years with no mileage restriction.