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.
EVs are becoming increasingly popular, but how much will it cost to keep them running? The answer depends on the type of vehicle and its age.
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.
Regarding maintenance operations specific to the electric car, some manufacturers require a regular check the battery’s state, generally every year.
In addition to the initial purchase price, there are also ongoing costs associated with owning an EV. These include charging costs, which vary by location. You can find out how much these costs will add up to by visiting PlugShare.com.
It costs about $100 more per year to insure an electric vehicle compared to similar gasoline or diesel models, according to a Forbes Advisor analysis of car insurance rates for top-selling vehicles.
Car insurance rates: Electric vehicles vs. gas vehicles:
Model Average annual car insurance cost (electric model) Average annual car insurance cost (gas-powered model) Chrysler Pacifica 1,986 $1,891 Ford Fusion $2,041 $1,865 Ford Escape $1,831 $1,663 Honda Accord $1,888 $1,988 Honda CR-V $1,831 $1,574 Toyota Camry $1,970 $1,899 Toyota Corolla $1,823 $1,909 Toyota Highlander $1,904 $1,757 Toyota RAV4 $1,776 $1,704 Subaru Crosstrek $1,843 $1,606 Average $1,889 $1,786
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 …
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