It’s true that purchasing an electric car tends to be more expensive than a similar one with a combustion engine. But what about maintenance?
In terms of operation, electric cars are much less expensive than those with combustion engines. A good example: over 100 kilometres, an electric car uses around 22 kW hours of electricity. A kilowatt hour costs around 25 centimes if you charge the car at home. The 100 kilometres thus cost 5.50 francs. A similar combustion engine car uses 7.5 litres per 100 kilometres, which corresponds to 14 francs. So the energy costs alone are more than twice as high for a fossil fuel-powered car.
The maintenance costs for an electric car are also much lower. There are no costs for changing the oil or for wear and tear on engine parts. In general, the costs for inspections and servicing are lower.