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Maintenance cost of an electric vehicle


One of the main advantages of the electric vehicle is its much less demanding maintenance than a gasoline or diesel car.

Simplified mechanics

Electric cars are fairly simple vehicles: an electric motor, a battery, a transmission system without a gearbox, and a lot of electronics. The mechanical elements are thus limited while the electric motors are recognized for their longevity and their almost zero maintenance.

Less maintenance

Compared to a gasoline or diesel car, there are many maintenance operations that disappear on an electric car: oil change, timing belt, spark plugs, etc. Only the elements such as the brake pads / discs or the tires need to be changed regularly, accompanied of course by the wipers and the washer.

Regarding the brake pads, it is interesting to note that the braking energy recovery systems fitted to many electric cars allow the pads to be relieved and therefore changed less often.

Specific maintenance

Regarding maintenance operations specific to the electric car, some manufacturers require a regular check the battery’s state, generally every year.

Maintenance costs reduced by around 25%

While it is still difficult to quantify the exact maintenance costs of an electric car, it is commonly accepted that these are about 25% lower than a gasoline or diesel car. We understand a little better then that not all dealers are excited about the arrival of electric vehicles …

Feedback from users

If you are an electric car user, please do not hesitate to share your experience in the comments of so that we can update and supplement our information.


  1. The maintenance cost for ICE varies a lot based on the age of the car.

    I suspect the ratio of maintenance cost between ICE and EV will grow over time.

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