AX to offer EV drivers like-for-like replacement vehicles
Accident aftercare specialist AX has launched a new like-for-like replacement vehicle service for electric vehicle drivers; part of a range of actions to enhance its EV offering.
It’s aimed at both company car and private drivers and will be available to drivers through dealers, fleet customers, insurers, AX’s broker partners and a direct offering for personal customers.
The new service will be a particular benefit for company car drivers, who will be able to maintain their current 0% Benefit-in-Kind rating for an electric company car while they’re driving a replacement vehicle. This is normally an issue when a fleet driver has an accident in an EV and then drives around in a petrol/diesel car for a few days.
The new product follows research by AX among 2,200-plus motorists, which revealed that currently only one third of drivers would accept an equivalent petrol or diesel model while their car is being repaired; with two-thirds expecting to receive the same EV model for the period their own car is off the road.
The new offering is part of a wider investment in EV infrastructure which will support AX’s rapidly growing fleet of electric vehicles. The programme will see AX cease further expansion of its plug-in hybrid vehicle fleet, to focus and align its fleet in support of the huge swing in BEV sales.
Scott Hamilton-Cooper, director of sales and operations for AX, said: “AX Electric marks a new step in our history of accelerating change. We are among the very first accident aftercare specialists to commit to reducing our carbon footprint with a dedicated EV offering. Our customers and partners will benefit from our usual exemplary service levels, while also making sure that their customers receive an electric replacement vehicle.
“As well as the new service and an expanding fleet of EVs vehicles, we are also investing in infrastructure across our various sites, ensuring we have the charge points to ensure our customers’ – and our own – vehicles are fully charged before driving away.”