Electric motors do not require any regular maintenance, so switching from a gas guzzler to an EV offers significant savings in service. The average EV driver saves $4,600 in lifetime maintenance and repair.
For all-electric vehicles, gone is the need for oil changes and inspection of spark plugs, timing belts, or any of the other hundreds of moving parts of an internal combustion engine. Individually, each oil change might only cost $30 and take an hour, but in the aggregate, the time and money it takes to maintain a combustion engine vehicle adds up.
EVs are still vulnerable to physical problems like uneven tire wear or jammed air filters in the HVAC system. But the simplicity of electric vehicle powertrains ensures that EV drivers will be able to spend less time and money dealing with mechanics. And you can even expect brake pads to last much longer than on a comparable gas-powered car, thanks to regenerative braking systems that reduce wear and increase efficiency.
Gas-powered cars often require costly repairs once they hit 100,000 miles on the odometer. Of the most common car problems, two-thirds are issues that only combustion engine cars can have, including transmission problems, clogged filters or fuel injectors, and faulty spark plugs.
Electric vehicles don’t experience any of these engine problems and will save you from the unexpected and unwelcome repair bills that go along with them. Considered all together, a 2020 analysis by Consumer Reports concluded that plug-in vehicles (both all-electric and plug-in hybrid) are half as expensive to maintain and repair than gas-powered cars.
That’s right – plug-in hybrids have a gas engine and still deliver on savings!
Plug-in hybrid electric will require all the oil changes and inspections of a typical combustion engine. However, driving on an electric motor for part of the time reduces the wear-and-tear on the combustion engine, keeping costs low throughout the car’s life and decreasing the likelihood of costly repairs down the road.