LONDON, England – Some road-users are set reap an eco-dividend thanks to lower service and maintenance costs for electric vehicles when compared to petrol equivalents.
A study by automotive data expert Cap HPI shows maintenance costs are 23% less for electric than petrol vehicles over three years and 100 000km – and the gap widens for smaller vehicles.
A Renault Zoe, for instance, will cost £1100 (about R21 000) to maintain over three years; an Opel Corsa 1.0T 90 about R28 500 – 35.7% more.
HOW THE SAVINGS READ
Britain’s best-selling electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf costs about R22 500, about 19% less than a VW Golf 1.0 TSI 110 SE (currency conversions Oct 2018 at R19). Such reductions will, of course, negatively affect auto dealers’ bottom lines.
Chris Plumb, senior valuations editor at Cap HPI said: “An electric motor has far fewer moving parts than a petrol or diesel engine. They also benefit from gentler driving styles that leads to less wear and tear of, for instance, brakes and tyres.
‘’While the purchase price is often higher (reducing down all the time) owners will find an EV much cheaper to run with significantly lower costs to charge rather than buy fuel.”
ACTUAL EV CAR FIGURES
The number of electric vehicles on Britain’s roads is soaring: 21 000 more since 2015 but to a still small 37 500 (scrapped or exported vehicles not counted).
The top four best-selling new electric vehicles so far in 2018 are:
The company has published a report on the growth of the EV sector for industry professionals. (Read it here.)