What it costs to repair an electric vehicle

One of the most positive things about owning electric vehicles is that they are cheaper to run than their gas-powered counterparts and will cost less to maintain because there are fewer components like an alternator, radiator, filters, belts and hoses that will eventually need replacing. But that doesn’t necessarily mean electric vehicles are bulletproof.

There are still the usual wear and tear items like headlights and taillights, tires, wiper blades, and brake and suspension components that will eventually need to be serviced and usually won’t be covered by warranty. of new vehicle. Plus, there’s the cost to repair any damage the car might sustain if it falls into a wreck.

Unfortunately, not all mechanics are trained to work specifically on electric cars, which more or less forces an owner to rely on dealer service, parts and labor costing generally more expensive than in a neighborhood garage. Those with a luxury-brand electric vehicle will pay the highest repair costs to cover the cost of the waiting room espresso bar and high-end loaner cars.

On the plus side, EV owners will save money by not having to replace brake pads and components as frequently, at least if they activate their models’ maximum regenerative braking feature to recover the energy during deceleration and return it to the battery. This allows the electric motor(s) to do all the heavy lifting of slowing the vehicle to a stop, with the driver using the actual brakes much less frequently than with a conventionally powered model.

On the other hand, if the vehicle is in an accident and its battery is destroyed in the process, the cost of replacing it could well total the car for insurance purposes.

But as we’ve discovered, things have a way of balancing out, with most differences in long-term repair costs between some comparable electric and internal combustion models being negligible according to cost of ownership databases. over five years of KBB.com and Edmunds.com.

For example, KBB says the average owner of a Hyundai Kona Electric SUV will spend $734 over a five-year period for scheduled repairs, while a comparable gas-powered Kona will cost the same amount for ongoing repairs. Same with the electric and conventional Kia Niro, at $686 each over a five-year term. On the luxury side, the website estimates that a Porsche Taycan will cost its owner $3,053 to keep running for five years, while a comparable Porsche Panamera will incur just under $2,897 in repair costs.

Here’s a look at five-year projected ownership costs for select 2022 model year electric vehicles, but note that data for some of the more recently introduced models isn’t yet released:

  • Audi e-tron: $1,880
  • Audi e-tron Sportback: $1,880
  • Audi e-tron GT: $1,635
  • Audi Q4 e-tron: $1,523
  • Chevrolet Bolt: EV $773
  • Chevrolet Bolt: VIEW $773
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E: $760
  • Hyundai Kona Electric: $734
  • Jaguar i-PACE: $1,061
  • Kia Niro Electric: $686
  • MINI SE: $1,503
  • Nissan Leaf: $1,724
  • Porsche Taycan: $3,053
  • Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo: $2,897
  • Tesla Model 3: $1,551
  • Tesla Model S: $1,623
  • Tesla Model X: $1,623
  • Tesla Model Y: $1,623
  • Volvo XC40 recharge: $1,727

Sources: KBB.com, Edmunds.com

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