Hybrids & Electrics

Should You Expect Higher Maintenance Costs on an EV?

Electric vehicles are quickly becoming more and more popular. No longer too expensive for the average consumer, owning an electric vehicle has changed from a dream of the future to a present possibility. Because they are so unfamiliar still, many people might feel apprehensive about making the switch. In fact, it might even deter someone from buying a hybrid or electric vehicle, but there are a lot of reasons that it shouldn’t.

More common maintenance

The biggest hassle when it first came to owning an electric car is still one of the bigger struggles. While you can always take your car to the dealership to have work done and stay on your general maintenance schedule, that isn’t always the best option for everyone. As electric cars become more common, more mechanics will become familiar with the technology.

This is important because it creates a more competitive market for servicing and repairing electric cars. The more shops there are that can competently work on electric cars, the easier it will be to find a worth-while mechanic.

Electric plug-in station
A man plugging a charging cable for electric vehicles into a plug at the stand of Mennekes at Hanover fair in Hanover, Germany | Ole Spata/picture alliance via Getty Images

Less mechanical damage

The mechanical components of a traditional combustion engine wear down with time. Because of the explosive nature of combustion engines — pun intended — the internal pieces get worn down over time. There are also several fluids like coolant and motor oil that need to be changed out at regular maintenance. For an electric motor, there is no physical wear that requires constant maintenance. That actually makes them less expensive to maintain.

It has been long known that EVs are cheaper to maintain than their gasoline-powered counterparts. But this is the first time we’ve had enough hard data from actual EV owners to prove the point.

Chris Harto, Consumer Reports Senior Analyst

According to some research provided by Consumer Reports, electric vehicles are statistically less expensive to maintain than your standard gas-powered car. Combine that with the major savings you get from not having to fill up your gas tank and there is a decent chance that your electric vehicle might just pay off in the long run.

2020 Kona Electric is on display at the 112th Annual Chicago Auto Show
The 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

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The future of the automotive world

It isn’t unpopular to believe that one day all cars will be electric, but internal-combustion enthusiasts hope it won’t be within our lifetime. Regardless of preference, electric vehicles don’t just save you money on gas, they save you money in one of the biggest costs we hate paying, our maintenance. Imagine a world with no oil changes, and less maintenance costs. Sounds pretty good doesn’t it? We agree.

The rear of a white Ford Mustang Mach-E sits by an electric charging station.
The Ford Mustang Mach-E all electric vehicle on display | Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/Tribune News Service via Getty Images

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While you may not be running to the dealership to buy an electric vehicle after reading this article or not, it is still comforting to know. If you’ve been debating making the switch, this might just be the positive affirmation that you needed to know that buying an electric vehicle can be a positive financial decision.