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The Costs of Electric Cars

March 10, 2015
tags:#carbon emissions, #electric cars, #oil prices
located:USA, Russia
by:Itai Lahat
Oil prices are plummeting worldwide and though it seems that are fuel is about to get cheaper in the gas stations, many countries are using the opportunity to leave the price be and use the difference to fill their empty tax tanks. But does this trend of dropping oil price effect the electric car? Is it more economical to return to the fossil fuel engine?

A recent infographic published by the CoverHound insurance comparing portal, shows that despite the drop in oil prices, electric cars are still saving their owners a bunch of money. Not to mention that they do good to the environment. Buying and operating an electric car can still be a very viable option for many people, and worth the initial outlay to invest in a cleaner, greener, and yes, more affordable, option than conventional gas cars.

What drivers need to consider are not only the long-term fuel savings, but the upfront costs as well. While some electric vehicle models are competitive with their non-EV comparisons on the market, the luxury Tesla Model S comes in between $71,070 and $91,070.

In terms of insurance, electric cars are less expensive for the most part. That may be because insurance companies view EV drivers as more responsible, and therefore less likely to get into an accident or get a traffic violation. For example, the Chevy Volt costs an average of $1,452 to insure for one year, while its non-electric counterpart, the Cadillac CTS, is $2,024. The Nissan Leaf – which was the most popular electric vehicle in 2013 – has an average of $1,513 for a year-long policy, compared to $1,801 for the Nissan Altima.

Fuel economy is where electric vehicles shine, with the Nissan Leaf costing an average of 3.5 cents per mile and the Chevy Volt with an average cost of 3.8 cents per mile. By comparison, the Toyota Corolla and the Hyundai Elantra cost 11.9 cents and 13.1 cents per mile, respectively.

Based on the overall cost of owning – including depreciation, taxes and fees, fuel, insurance, maintenance, repairs and tax credits – the Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt are less expensive to own over four years than the Toyota Corolla and the Hyundai Elantra. As these vehicles continue to improve with new technology, it is likely that more consumers will flock to these automobiles in the hopes of saving money and cutting their carbon footprint.

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