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Get all your answers here on our lease program, eligibility criteria, charging, EVs in general, and more.

That's like asking the best flavor of ice cream! It depends on the person and their budget, driving habits, brand preference and more. Zevvy offers what we think are the best choices for our customers' needs; check out our available models here.

A portion of the cost of the vehicle's annual registration fee is included in your monthly bill. Usually vehicle registration is paid in one annual lump sum, but Zevvy breaks it down to a more affordable monthly charge.

Your monthly bill willl be composed of your base vehicle fee, your mileage package and the number of miles you've driven, a monthly registration fee (instead of charging one lump sum for vehicle registration, we break it up monthly), and applicable taxes.

Zevvy charges a $99 Reservation Fee at the time you complete your application. This fee is fully refundable until your contract is signed. If you would like to be refunded your Reservation Fee prior to signing a contract, you may reach out to support@zevvy.com at any time.

Zevvy charges a one-time Acquisition Fee at signing. This fee covers the costs of acquiring the vehicle and prepping it for your use, plus other operational costs. It is not refundable.

Zevvy bills on a monthly basis, on the same day of the month you initially pick up your vehicle. (For example, if you pick up your vehicle on November 5, you will receive your invoice on the 5th of every month following.) Invoices are sent electronically.

Before we release the car into your possession, you will be required to pay a one-time acquisition fee, your first month’s payment, a recurring registration reimbursement payment, and any other applicable taxes and fees. Our upfront payment is generally thousands of dollars cheaper than a traditional loan or lease.

To keep our costs low, we require customers to pay via automatic ACH deductions from their bank account.

You will be eligible to purchase the vehicle at the end of your initial lease term, and at any point thereafter. Your buy-out price is stated in your lease contract, and then we deduct all of the mileage fees paid up while leasing the vehicle to get to your final purchase price.

You have three options at the end of your lease term:

  • Return the vehicle

  • Renew the lease for another term

  • Purchase the vehicle, with all mileage fees previously paid applied to the buy-out price

At this time, we only allow one lease per person.

You must keep the same car for the duration of your lease term unless there are any irreparable mechanical issues.

The Zevvy lease is only available to California residents. If you're moving in-state, just notify us of your new address and you'll be all set. If you're moving out of state, we'll work with you to find a time for you to return the car. Alternatively, the buy-out option may be available if you'd like to purchase the vehicle and take it with you.

The Zevvy lease is only available to California residents, but you are able to drive the vehicle anywhere within the continental United States.

You may return the vehicle at any time during your initial term. Upon returning the vehicle, however, you will be responsible for any outstanding payments due per your contract.

Here’s what’s included in the warranty for your vehicle with Zevvy: a $400 annual maintenance credit voucher that covers most mechanical components on the vehicle, except for regular wear-and-tear items like tires, window wash fluid, and windshield wipers.

If you choose to purchase the car from Zevvy, there are a number of programs that provide up to $9,500 of rebates and grants, including the Clean Vehicle Assistance Program and Clean Cars 4 All , plus thousands in charging incentives. Starting in 2023, additional federal incentives will be available for the purchase of used EVs that meet specific criteria, per the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). When you're ready to purchase, the Zevvy team can help you understand which incentives are applicable and how to get them.

A traditional lease includes a base number of miles — usually 10,000 per year. If you exceed that number of miles in your lease term, the leasing company typically charges a $0.20-0.25/mile penalty when you return the car. Sometimes this can cost thousands of dollars. If you own that vehicle, every mile you drive will ultimately cost you a few cents in terms of wear and tear on the vehicle. Instead of paying little by little, you end up paying by way of large repair bills. According to AAA, the average cost per mile for gas and maintenance is $0.205/mile. In states with high gas prices - like California - this number can increase to $0.30/mile or even $0.40/mile. The older the car you drive, the higher the cost, typically. Our mileage fees are designed to leave gas and maintenance savings in your pocket. Even when you add the mileage fees to the base monthly fee and cost of charging, every mile you drive costs less than an equivalent gas or electric vehicle lease.

We do not offer home installation, but our Support Team is available to assist you in finding the right charging solution and provide you with recommendations on home installation options once you are approved for an EV lease with Zevvy.

Zevvy does not offer a loan program at this time. If you decide to purchase your EV at the end of your lease term, we can help you find a financing partner (for example, a bank or a credit union) to facilitate the purchase of your vehicle.

Yes, we only lease fully electric cars (also known as electric vehicles, or EVs) at this time. Our goal is to get more drivers switched over to EVs! Check out what we offer in our EV marketplace [link].

You must have a valid United States driver's license in order to apply for a lease with Zevvy. As part of our diligence process, we require you to submit photos of your ID that include a picture of you. We cannot accept a paper ID at this time.

Our platform allows for only one lessee per contract. However, a spouse or domestic partner may drive the vehicle if they are listed as a driver on your insurance policy.

Zevvy evaluates numerous factors when you apply for a lease, with the goal of finding you a car that ensures you realize the savings of having an EV. Each application is different, and denials can be made for a variety of reasons. Our Support Team will be able to provide you further details on your specific application if we are unable to approve you for a lease with Zevvy.

Yes. The credit minimum to qualify for our leasing platform is 580. We will perform a soft credit check when you complete our application, which will not impact your credit score.

You are required to secure insurance on the EV you'll be leasing through Zevvy. Proof of insurance is required to complete the contractual agreement for the lease, and must meet the following minimum thresholds:

  • $100,000 for bodily injuries to any one person; $300,000 for injury/death to more than one person

  • $50,000 for property damage

  • Physical damage insurance for full value of vehicle with a maximum deductible of $1,000

Zevvy is the owner of the vehicle, and therefore will be entitled to any insurance proceeds for damage to, theft, or destruction of the vehicle. If you do not maintain the insurance we require or if the insurer does not pay a claim for any reason, you are responsible for any damage or destruction to, or loss of, the Vehicle and any loss we incur. If you intend to use the car for any non-personal use, including, but not limited to, rideshare services, delivery services, or making the vehicle available on short-term rental services, your insurance policy must also explicitly state that you are covered to the same or greater limits as required by law and is in full force whenever using the vehicle for said services.

Zevvy is currently available in more than 700 zip codes across the Bay Area and Central California, and along the coast from Carmel to Sea Ranch. We are planning to expand to other markets and hope to be serving thousands more drivers who want to go electric soon!

Definitely! Most campsites are within range of a charging station, and many state and national parks offer chargers now, too. Bonus perk of camping with an EV: you can connect an inverter to your car's 12-volt system to run small appliances, lights, boomboxes, laptops and more, without ruining anyone else's vacation by running an obnoxious gas generator all night!

First and foremost: Your owner's manual or manufacturer's customer service hotline is the best resource to determine if your specific EV model can tow. Some EV models do allow towing. When they do, they can usually tow more than a comparable gasoline vehicle, as electric motors pull like a freight train. In fact, modern freight trains use electric motors to efficiently pull hundreds of thousands of tons. If you're towing, expect a sizeable reduction in range, though, and never tow unless your manufacturer recommends it.

EV batteries are designed to last the life of the car but, of course, any manufactured part can be defective. Replacement battery packs can be $10,000 or more. That said, all our EVs have an 8-year, 100,000-mile battery warranty, so even if a replacement is needed while you're leasing with Zevvy, you won't have to pay for it.

Many EV models are equipped at the factory with special tires intended to increase range, resist punctures or meet other requirements. They can be more expensive than budget replacement tires, and the excellent performance of EVs can sometimes wear tires out faster. Check out our blog post on EVs and tires here to learn more about the specific considerations for tires when you're driving electric.

Absolutely! If your equipment is up to code, installed by a licensed electrician and you follow your EV manufacturer's recommendations, it's statistically very safe (despite what news stories you may have seen). Much more worrisome is the 240,000 gasoline-powered cars that catch fire each year. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the incident rate for the Bolt EV is 0.0107 percent, or one-quarter of the average gas car’s incident rate.

Almost every major "legacy" automotive company (Volkswagen, BMW, Chevrolet, Toyota, Ford, Fiat, Mercedes, Nissan and others) now sells one or more EV models, with commitments from most of these companies to be completely electric in the next 10 to 15 years. There are also new companies like Tesla, Rivian and Lucid selling electric vehicles now, with a few even newer startups that may start delivering cars in the next few years.

No! They're easier to drive than gasoline-powered (AKA internal combustion engine, or ICE) cars. They have a single-speed transmission (no clutch or gear shifting) and an accelerator and brake pedals. Most EVs also have a "one pedal" driving mode that brakes the car when the driver releases the accelerator -- just like a golf cart. Can't get easier than that.

An EV is an electric vehicle. While it can mean any vehicle that's entirely or partly driven by an electric motor, it's generally used to discuss cars, vans or trucks that use one or more electric motors as the only means of propulsion and a battery for energy storage.