We finally know why electric cars are so expensive to repair. This has nothing to do with batteries and does not only concern Teslas

We finally know why electric cars are so expensive to repair. This has nothing to do with batteries and does not only concern Teslas
We finally know why electric cars are so expensive to repair. This has nothing to do with batteries and does not only concern Teslas

JVTech News We finally know why electric cars are so expensive to repair. This has nothing to do with batteries and does not only concern Teslas

Published on 05/29/2024 at 5:05 p.m.

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There are numerous supports for purchasing an electric car, but these do not (yet) reflect maintenance costs. So obviously, it stings!

Savings on purchase, costs on maintenance?

According to a recent study conducted by the Automobile Safety and Repairs Association (SRA) and relayed by The Parisian, repair costs for electric vehicles are higher than those for equivalent thermal models. Overall, the SRA study highlights two main elements which explain this additional cost: the price of spare parts and the cost of labor.

More expensive specific parts: Electric vehicles integrate specific components such as specific grilles, elements linked to electrification (hatch, socket, cables, electronic boxes and battery) which, in certain cases, can be more fragile and therefore more expensive to replace.

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Qualified and more expensive labor: The repair of electric cars requires particular expertise and specific authorization, obtained after dedicated training. This lack of qualified mechanics leads to an increase in labor rates. In addition, electric vehicle owners tend to turn to manufacturer networks, whose hourly rates are generally higher than those of independent garages.

Are there any exceptions?

The SRA study notes that among the models studied, only the electric Opel Corsa has a repair cost comparable to its thermal version. Furthermore, and beyond repair costs, the study also questions the long-term impact on insurance rates for electric vehicles. If for the moment, insurance premiums are slightly lower for electric cars, Olivier Moustacakis, co-founder of the comparator Assurland, fears an upcoming increase. Indeed, the disappearance of the tax exemption for new owners of electric vehicles should lead to an increase in insurance prices, thus offsetting the current price advantage.

At the end of the day, if the purchase of an electric vehicle proves economical in use – and even in purchase with the numerous aids available – it is important to take into account the potential higher repair and insurance costs than those of thermal models.

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