The study that makes you give up cars on gasoline and diesel: how much does it cost to maintain an electric

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Many manufacturers in the automotive industry have diversified their range recently with electric models. Beyond the benefits to the environment, there are some reasons why you should give up the classic cars on gasoline and diesel and switch to electric.

For now, most industry experts admit, the price of an electric car remains high compared to those with classic motors. This is because the price of the battery is still high, and investments in new technologies have not yet been amortized. But the market is going there.

So in the long run, it might be much less expensive to have an electric car, according to a CarVertical analysis, quoted by G4Media. This is because electric cars have fewer moving parts than those that use internal combustion engines. For this reason, some service roads are simply no longer necessary.

You save time and money and you also take care of the environment, the analysis shows.

Why it would be better to give up gasoline and diesel cars

The analysis draws attention to the maintenance costs of electric cars, compared to the classic gasoline and diesel.

  • 1. Battery / repair / maintenance interventions. Batteries of electric cars are the subject of reluctance for an electric future. Although technology advances every year, the distance we can cover with a full is far from what we would like, at least in real conditions. However, note: the batteries have extended warranties for 8 years, the costs of a possible repair being covered by the manufacturer.
  • 2. Tires, discs, pads and brake fluid. Most electric cars are equipped with a regenerative braking system. This increases battery life but also saves the life of the brake pads and discs. Even so, at some point a check will be required and some items will need to be replaced.

The tires will wear out like any other car, the prices being quite diverse. In the case of a Tesla Model 3 with 19-inch wheels, a winter tire can cost between 467 lei (Gripmax) and 1372 lei (Michelin).

It should be noted that the brakes will have a significantly longer service life due to regenerative braking and thus will not need to be replaced as often as in the case of a car equipped with an internal combustion engine.

Why switch to electric cars

  • 3. Suspension and steering. Depending on the quality of the asphalt material, the degree of loading and the speed, the suspension has more or less to suffer. An electric car is heavier than one with a conventional engine and because of this the suspension will be subjected to more stress.
  • For example, in the case of a BMW i3 170hp, a set of Sachs shock absorbers costs about 1134 lei on the rear axle and 1484 lei on the front axle. A set of front + rear springs reaches about 1000 lei. Parts such as suspension arms (~ 400 lei / piece), bellows (~ 30-70 lei / piece) or pivots (~ 70 lei / piece) are also to be taken into account. In more unfortunate cases, it may be necessary to replace the steering box or power steering pump, parts and operations with high costs but not due to the running gear. Whether we are talking about electrical or ICE, certain items will be just as expensive to repair.
  • 4. Air conditioning system maintenance. The air conditioning system of electric cars is no different from that used in cars with heat engines, at least on the cooling side. Thus, maintenance costs will be similar. For example, a freon charge varies between 150 and 400 lei, while a sanitization of the system can cost between 70-120 lei.
  • Also, the passenger compartment filter is essential in maintaining the air quality inside the car, one with activated carbon costing around 100 lei. It is worth mentioning that the passenger compartment heating is provided by a separate installation, being an important energy consumer in the cold season. Autonomy will decrease significantly, especially if you drive short distances in urban traffic conditions. The battery will be constantly cold, will wear out prematurely and will wear out quickly inefficiently.
  • 5. Transmission. Some electric cars require the oil in the gearbox to be replaced at a certain time. For example, the maintenance data sheet for the Tesla Model S mentions checking / replacing the transmission fluid after 12 years or 150,000 miles / ~ 240,000km.

It does not mean that electric cars do not need maintenance, only that it is minimal. Some points are common with cars powered by a heat engine. However, a gasoline engine when it wears out begins to consume oil, eliminating substances harmful to the environment. The repair is expensive and if overlooked, the car will pollute excessively, contributing to low air quality and the multiplication of diseases caused by pollution.

Nowadays, petrol engines are smaller and more complex due to the phenomenon of downsizing, meant to reduce the negative impact on the environment. Although it is a good measure in general, the repairs have increased in difficulty and implicitly in prices.

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