Major UK insurer, LV= General Insurance has formed a partnership to boost electric vehicle customers.
The company will be rolling out what it describes as a ‘market leading’ service in partnership with AFF, the national roadside electric vehicle charging assistance company. It will see AFF provide 10 recharge vans on roads across England and Wales – including in emergency refuge areas and on the hard shoulders of motorways.
According to LV=, it is already the only UK insurer to offer ‘out of charge’ recovery as standard within its electric vehicle insurance policy – but under existing terms, those that break down at home or on the road would need to be transported to the nearest charging unit. Now, however, this new service means they can get a 30-minute charge at roadside – giving them an average of 10 miles of battery life.
“We already cater for EV drivers who run out of charge by taking them to the nearest charge point, but this partnership with AFF means we can increase the level of support and value we provide to our customers,” said Tom Clarke, head of electric vehicle strategy at LV= GI. “We would always advise EV drivers to make sure their car is charged properly and regularly, especially if they’re going on long journeys, but as drivers still run out petrol the same is true for EV drivers and customers now have the security that an AFF recharge van can get to them if they’re stranded on the motorway.”
AFF managing director Bruce Campton added that the firm is excited by the project and being chosen by LV= was a “great privilege.”