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How much does it cost to maintain an EV?


This article was originally published by Martin Banks onClean Fleet Report, a publication that gives its readers the information they need to move to cars and trucks with best fuel economy, including electric cars, fuel cells, plug-in hybrids, hybrids and advanced diesel and gasoline engines.

Detailing the savings from going electric

All vehicles require some form of maintenance. Whether it’s a simple repair or a regular inspection, there’s no avoiding the mechanic. If you own a vehicle for a significant amount of time, you’ll pay a visit to the shop sooner or later. EVs are no different.

That said, drivers will typically spend less on long-term maintenance than they would for an internal combustion engine (ICE) car over time. A bonus: Electric vehicles are much better for the environment. So, just how expensive is EV maintenance overall?

Average maintenance costs

The average total cost of ownership for an electric car in the United States is around half as much as a gasoline-powered vehicle. This includes the purchase price, fueling costs and overall maintenance expenses.

Perhaps this is because electric vehicles have fewer parts to care for than an internal combustion engine. Plus, they don’t require oil changes, which adds up over time for owners of gasoline-powered cars.

Credit: Clean Fleet Report