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Electric car leasing is 50% quicker than the five month wait when buying new

The average wait time for buying a new electric car is 21 weeks – or five months – as manufacturers continue to recover from global supply chain issues.

And for some of the most popular models, like the BMW i7 or Porsche Taycan, the wait time if you walk into a dealer tomorrow to place a new order can be up to nine months.

But what if you don’t want to wait a full term of pregnancy? The answer is simple: leasing.

On average leasing is over 50% quicker than going into a dealer tomorrow and ordering a new car, with the lead time across the whole market just nine weeks.

Even better is that GRIDSERVE Car Leasing currently has stock on almost 70% of all new electric cars.

That means they’re available for you to drive away in as little as two weeks once the paperwork has been polished off.

Popular cars like the budget-busting MG4 or Cupra Born, as well as range-topping models like the Polestar 2, Kia EV6, Genesis GV60, Tesla Model 3 and big-selling Tesla Model Y, which all have some of the longest lead times, are ready and waiting for you via our EV leasing experts.

And because we work directly with dealers and manufacturers well in advance, we’ve got a list of pipeline models coming soon – these will be with us in six to eight weeks.

Beyond the speed at which you’ll be driving your new EV, personal car leasing offers a heap of other benefits.

Leasing allows you to spend less upfront and spread the cost of your purchase over two, three or four years.

It also means you won’t feel the impact of depreciation (the amount a car loses in value as soon as you drive it away) and, at the end of your lease contract, you can simply hand the car back and start a new lease on the latest and greatest model.

All our lease contracts also include three months of free charging on the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway – and we can support with your home charging solution.


Our top EV picks

Not sure what electric car is right for you? Let us show you the way with a few of our favourite cars right now, all of which are available to test drive at our Electric Forecourts®.

And for a complete rundown check out our best EV guides.


The MG4 is an all-round superstar. It offers a 363-litre boot, range of up to 280 miles (depending on battery size) and maximum 150kW charging capability – all at an incredibly affordable price. From the weekly shop and school run to packing in buggies and luggage for a weekend visit to the grandparents, the MG4 does it all.

Tesla Model Y

The Tesla Model Y is the UK’s biggest selling EV right now. The SUV shape means great passenger space plus a practical hatchback tailgate – the boot is a cavernous 854-litres and there’s still a ‘froot’ (front boot). Like all Tesla models, it also boasts the best EV skillset of any brand on the planet, with everything controlled through a massive touchscreen display. And don’t forget blistering off-the-line speed and over 300 miles of range.

Cupra Born

The Cupra Born is the sporty cousin of the more straight-laced Volkswagen ID.3. With stylish copper accents, sports seats and hot hatch performance, the Born is proving to be a hit with drivers across the UK. There’s a 385-litre boot, around 300 miles of range and an appealing price tag, meaning the Cupra Born has the substance to match the style.

Polestar 2

Something of a new kid on the block to rival to Tesla, the Polestar 2 is cool, ultra-sustainable and because it’s owned by Volvo, safe and reliable. It uses the Android operating system as its infotainment system, so you can easily sync your calendar, contacts, maps, music and any other bits from your Google ecosystem. Plus, the Polestar 2 has one of the longest ranges of any car on sale at nearly 400 miles.

Mercedes-Benz EQA

Over 200 miles of range, a premium badge in a small SUV, all at an affordable price – what’s not to love? There’s more, too, as the Mercedes-Benz EQA cabin is like an exclusive city nightclub with high-end materials and an attractive design, including funky air vents. And while many cars major on a huge touchscreen, the EQA adds the ‘Hey Mercedes’ voice control for complete convenience – and unlike some voice activated systems, it’s actually very good.