Electric Vehicles Are Vastly Cheaper To Maintain Over Lifetime

In Electric Mobility, Products, Sustainability

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

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