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The cost of driving an electric vehicle

Published by on 05.14.2019 - 3 min

You sometimes hear it said that the purchasing price of an electric vehicle is higher than that of its combustion-powered counterpart. This is true to the extent that the total includes the cost of buying the battery, which is the most expensive mechanical component of this type of car. But this initial investment is offset by its attractive operational costs. Learn more by video from the ELECTRIC TEAM’s guest, Vincent Carré, Electric Vehicle Sales Director for Europe.

One of the main advantages of the electric car is that it has fewer wear parts and requires less maintenance than a combustion-engine vehicle. With electric vehicles, say goodbye to oil changes and replacing your timing belt every 5 to 6 years or 120,000 km. Even their brake pads and discs experience less stress than those of a combustion-engine car, thanks to the decoupled brake pedal and regenerative braking.

Competitive charging costs and tax incentives

Another undeniable advantage of using an electric vehicle is the cost of recharging. Topping up a ZOE enough to cover 300 to 350 km ranges between 2 and 4 euros, depending on the European country in which you live. Above all, it is possible to charge your car for free, in shopping centres equipped with free charging stations, for example, or at work. It’s easy enough to keep your budget under control!

Finally, don’t forget that, depending on where you live, you may also be eligible for purchasing assistance. Indeed, most large European countries offer tax incentives to encourage the purchasing of electric vehicles. In France, for example, the environmental incentive adds up to 6,000 euros, compared to 4,000 euros in Germany or 8,000 euros in Norway, the country that most champions electric mobility in Europe.


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