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Electric Cars Impress With Low Maintenance Costs

Dec 5, 2012
Electric Cars

Electric cars compensate for their higher purchase price by generating lower maintenance costs, according to a new study.

In a comparison with cars driven by conventional petrol or diesel combustion engine, the bills for routine inspection work for electric cars were found to be on average 35 percent lower.

The findings were announced by the Institute for Automobile Economics (IFA), based on research carried out by the University for Economics and the Environment based in Nuetringen-Geislingen, Germany.

The reason for the savings is obvious in one way since electric cars have fewer mechanical and moving parts. They do not need an oil change and their lower weight leads to less brake wear. Their owners are also spared from having to replace exhaust systems or clutches since electric cars produce no emissions and have no conventional gearbox.

The 35-percent lower costs were calculated by comparing a range of eight-year-old compact cars. The owners of cars with combustion engines faced an annual bill of $4,730 for all-electric runabouts.

Source: Copyright 2012 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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