Electric car: recharging, maintenance, insurance, how much does it cost to use?  - How to choose your electric car

Electric car: recharging, maintenance, insurance, how much does it cost to use? – How to choose your electric car



At the current price per kilowatt hour, electricity is the cheapest “fuel” for getting around: to travel 100 km by car, it will only cost about 3 euros if you recharge at home. For a diesel vehicle, with diesel at nearly 2 euros per liter, the bill soars to 12 euros, four times more! Some electric car drivers even boost the economy by regularly charging at the few “free” terminals still available, in supermarket car parks for example…

If a car fueled with electrons costs much more to buy than a thermal car, it is therefore possible to amortize it more or less quickly: the 5,000 euros which separate a Peugeot e-208 from its diesel sister BlueHDI are thus absorbed in the space of approximately 60,000 kilometres.

Taxation of recharges possible in the future

Will refills remain possible at such a low price? The rise in the regulated electricity tariff has, for the moment, been curbed by the State at +4% on 1 February instead of the +35.4% expected. With the reduction in the use of fossil fuels, this same State will reap less tax revenue and it will have to be recovered elsewhere… By installing a specific tax for electric charging in the coming years? Contacted, the Ministry of Ecological Transition did not answer this question, limiting itself to mentioning the current tax advantages or those to come in the short term.

Also pay attention to certain terminals, available at motorway rest areas, in particular. In some cases, the prices can approach that of a full tank of gas: example on the Ionity network, where the tariffs for non-subscribers will be 0.39/kWh (50 kW terminal) and 0.69 euro/kWh (350 kW terminal) from July.

Another aspect on which the electric car is synonymous with savings: maintenance. The periodic overhaul is often limited to the simple passage of the diagnostic case and visual checks. No oil change, very reduced brake wear thanks to heavy engine braking and excellent engine reliability are not going to make mechanics happy…

Slightly more expensive insurance

The big concern that arises concerns the health of the batteries, protected by several years of warranty, eight years in general, but which, in the event of failure or a sharp drop in capacity, will require their replacement. However, their price is estimated at several thousand euros. But user feedback on their longevity is rather reassuring, even after mileage of more than 100,000 km.

Insurance also weighs heavily on the motorist’s budget. And, there, bad point for the electric car, the premium is generally a little higher than for a thermal equivalent: the cost of repairs is indeed often higher, in particular if the battery is affected. These cars are also more powerful, 136 hp for the Peugeot e-208 or up to 135 hp for the Renault Zoe.

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