Electric vehicles (EVs) are vastly cheaper to maintain than their Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) counterparts.
That’s according to a new report that found that electric vehicles cost roughly half as much to maintain as a gas car, and that the savings were about the same regardless of whether the car was a hybrid or entirely battery-powered.
The bonus could help offset the fact that many EVs are still prohibitively expensive.
On average and broken down over the course of a vehicle’s lifetime, the report found that ICE cars cost about $0.061 per mile in maintenance and repair fees.
Meanwhile, battery-electric vehicles, like the Nissan Leaf, cost about $0.031 per mile and plug-in hybrid vehicles, like the Toyota Prius, cost $0.030 per mile.
Electrics just don’t need as much maintenance as gas-powered cars, and even though repairs won’t necessarily be less expensive, they are less frequently needed.
The high initial cost of an EV is still a deterrent to more widespread adoption. But knowing that they’ll spend less over time could be enough to sway more drivers into making the switch, which would go a long way toward curbing carbon emissions.
In addition to being easier and cheaper to maintain, many EVs deliver better acceleration compared to gas-powered vehicles, and don’t pump harmful pollution into our air.
In nutshell, the report found that drivers of electric vehicles are saving an average of 50% on maintenance and repair over the life of a vehicle compared to owners of gas-powered vehicles.
Reference- Consumer Reports, Futurism, Clean Technica