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Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:33 am
by Delinquent
Can someone point me in the direction of an insurer for EV's classed as motorbikes? Trying to find some quotes on a trike, but getting no-where. Only way so far was to tell them I'd replace the handlebars with a wheel, then they would do it!!!

Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:49 am
Footman James and Carole Nash both will insure electric vehilce, Footman James does it for the same premium as the original vehicle.
They also give discount to subscribed BVS members...

Good luck,


Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 10:53 am
by Delinquent
Cheers, Sure FJ were one of the ones I tried yesterday. Possibly because there is no "original" vehicle.

Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:13 pm
by qdos
Hi Delinquent,

We're actually going to have a chat with some of the Insurance companies shortly about insurance on EVs There's plenty of EV's on the road currently so it's not impossible.

Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:36 pm
by Delinquent
Thanks qdos, it does seem a bit ridiculous that it's so difficult at the moment! Good luck with your mission.

Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:51 pm
by qdos
It's who you speak to and how you approach things.

Most people on the end of the phone at Insurance companies don't actually know the difference between a Triumph Dolomite and a Triumph Boneville. Basically if it doesn't come up on thier computer screens they take the "Computer says no" approach


It can be done and I'm sure it should be possible to do it very reasonably too. I'll let you know when we've got some companies onboard

Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 1:53 pm
by Delinquent

Certainly wouldn't say the quote I've had so far is reasonable... quite how a single seat 30bhp EV with annual mileage of 1500 per annum can be only a few £'s less than a 200bhp Audi with 15,000 mile per annum and work use included is a bit beyond me.

Posted: Thu Jul 31, 2008 2:13 pm
by booboo
Same experience with my mini-el, most insurers say "no" because they can't find it on their system.

Footman James were the biggest disappointment, they insured a Bond Bug for £70 but wont insure a mini-el... :roll:

My present insurance is via Peter Best, they've quoted £143 which is £20 up on last year :evil:

Singularly unimpressed.... :?