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Electric car, advantages and costs to bear


Are you considering buying aelectric car but you still don't understand what the advantages of battery-powered mobility? In this article I will list theadvantages of electric carsreferring to the actual maintenance costs, the price of refills and the context of the Italian market.

Electric car, advantages

Let's start with the advantages, indeed, with the main advantage which consists in lower management costs:

  • less expensive routine maintenance than any other model with heat engine
  • Extraordinary maintenance less expensive than any combustion car model
  • significantly reduced “fuel” costs
  • car tax exemption for the first 5 years
  • possibility of having insurance coverage (car liability) discounted by 50%

The electric carsthey are powered by energy that can be drawn from the city electricity grid while conventional cars are driven by expensive fuel (diesel or petrol), so in this situation the benefitcheap is obvious; but because electric cars also have extraordinary and ordinary maintenance costs so low compared to a conventional car?
Many answers can be found in the articleWhat is missing in an electric car,in fact the components most subject to wear and maintenance in conventional cars are not really present in electric ones!

Colleagues fromFour wheelsconducted a survey comparing the ordinary and extraordinary maintenance costs of 20 car models, among these there was also an electric car and ... guess what? It was the one with the lowest maintenance costs.

The survey considered the ordinary maintenance requirements given by the manufacturer (coupons, periodic checks ...) while for the costs related to extraordinary maintenance various replacements were considered, including the change of tires, clutch, disc brakes, pads…. With the same kilometers traveled it was theelectric carto obtain lower maintenance costs.

With 120,000 kilometers traveled, an Alfa Romeo Giulietta requires approximately € 1,825 for ordinary maintenance and € 1,745 for extraordinary maintenance. Maintenance costs rise for petrol SUVs and crossovers while segment A cars such as the Fiat Panda see 1,973 euros for ordinary maintenance and 1,189 euros for extraordinary maintenance.

And if you compare the maintenance costs of aelectric carwith those of amethane / LPG car?

The Fiat Punto a Metano sees 1,956 euros for ordinary maintenance and 1,313 euros for extra maintenance. The Nissan Micra LPG sees an ordinary maintenance cost of 1,360 euros and extraordinary maintenance costs of 1,241 euros.

While the maintenance costs of an electric car?
In a'electric carthere is no clutch and the brakes wear out much harder thanks to regenerative braking. A Nissan Leaf requires an average of 84 euros per year for the service, while for the BMW i3 the prices of the service rise to around 95 euros.

Considering the required costs of the BMW i3, where the German brand is "famous" for its higher expenses, we can say that ordinary maintenance on 120 thousand kilometers costs only 766 euros, while extraordinary maintenance costs 983 euros, considering, however, the replacement of wheels tailor-made that only these cost 720 euros! On a'electric car Nissan Leaf extraordinary maintenance only costs 618 euros!

How much does it cost to recharge the battery of an electric car?
With the Smart Elecrtic Drive, for example, onechargingcomplete costs € 1.15 and allows you to travel 145 km. For a complete discussion, I refer you to my articleIV recharge at home, in the column or at home?

Aiadvantagesother economic "pros" are associated:

  • ability to accessLimited traffic areas
  • possibility to park for free on the blue lines (many municipalities in Italy offer free parking atelectric cars)
  • possibility of deducting the purchase and installation costs of the fast charging column

Electric cars, disadvantages

If you are on the hunt fordisadvantagesrelated to electric mobility, for now we can only mention the high purchase costs of the cars. It is true that in Italy there are few electric charging stations but it is equally true that most Italian motorists do not travel more than 100-130 km per day, a range covered by most of theelectric carsavailable on the market.

In the photo above, the Renault ZOE - among the cheapest electric cars

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