Are Electric Cars Really that Costly?


If you’ve been thinking about buying an electric car, you’ve probably encountered a lot of conflicting information. On one hand, gas prices are rising while electric vehicle technology advances at an incredible pace. On the other hand, EVs still aren’t quite as affordable as their gas-powered equivalents – and they’re not even close when it comes to resale value. As with anything else in life though, the key to getting the most out of your purchase is understanding all the factors involved. So let’s take a closer look at how much more expensive electric cars really are before you decide if one is right for you:

They’re expensive.

Electric cars are more expensive than their gas-powered counterparts. With an average sticker price of $37,000, an electric car costs about $7,000 to $10,000 more than its comparable counterpart. You can save money on fuel costs but you have to pay more up front.

They’re more expensive than their gas-powered equivalents.

As it turns out, electric cars aren’t just more expensive to buy. They’re also more costly to maintain and operate over the long haul.

  • Upfront cost: While a gas-powered car might cost $20,000 or so at purchase, an electric vehicle can run you $35,000 or more (and that’s before tax incentives). Once you factor in maintenance costs and fuel efficiency, though–which we’ll get into below–you may find yourself spending even more on your EV than its traditional counterpart.
  • Maintenance: It’s true that EVs are less likely to break down than internal combustion vehicles due to their simpler internal systems; however, they still require regular maintenance like oil changes and tire rotations just like ICEs do–and those services cost extra money over time! Moreover, if anything goes wrong with your EV battery pack (which happens often), then expect a hefty repair bill from your mechanic before driving away again… unless he decides not charge you anything because nobody knows how much these things should actually cost yet!
  • Charging stations: Why do people love owning gas stations? Because they’re convenient places where drivers can fill up without having deal with any hassle whatsoever! Well guess what? There aren’t many charging stations around right now either… so expect long wait times while others use up all available power at once instead! And when there ARE some available sites nearby where one could charge up quickly instead… well then those ones tend not work very well because nobody knows how much electricity costs yet either!”

The upfront costs can be intimidating, but they pale in comparison to the long-term savings.

Electric cars are a great financial choice, but the upfront costs can be intimidating. Here’s how to tell if an electric car is right for you:

  • The cost of electricity is cheaper than gasoline. You can save money by charging at night when rates are cheaper, or use solar panels to charge your battery during the day. Some utilities even offer rebates on installation costs–so check them out!
  • Maintenance costs less on an electric car because there are fewer parts that need fixing or replacing over time (and they last longer). Brakes will wear out less often too because they don’t have to work as hard when braking in an all-electric vehicle compared with conventional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles due to regenerative braking technology which converts kinetic energy into electricity while slowing down the vehicle rather than wasting all that potential energy through friction heat buildup like traditional brakes do; this means less wear and tear on brake rotors/pads so less frequent replacements needed over time…not mention better fuel economy per mile driven too!

Electric cars hold their value better, helping you save even more money in the long run.

You may have heard that electric cars are more expensive than their gas-powered counterparts. This is true, but the cost of maintaining an electric car is much lower than for gas cars. Because batteries need to be replaced less frequently and there’s no oil to change or filter, maintenance costs are significantly lower. In fact, once you’ve paid off your loan (which could take anywhere from six months to two years), it’ll cost less money every month to own an EV than a comparable gasoline-powered vehicle.

Electric cars also hold their resale value better than traditional vehicles because they’re reliable and require little maintenance–two things consumers look for when buying used vehicles. As long as you keep up with general maintenance like oil changes and tire rotations on schedule, your EV should last longer than other cars its age because it has fewer moving parts and no combustion engine parts that wear out over time like pistons do in traditional engines’ cylinders.*

Electric cars cost more up front but save you money in the long term

Electric cars are more expensive than gas cars, but they’re also better for the environment, which means you’ll save money in the long term.

Electric vehicles hold their value better than gas-powered ones, so you won’t have to worry about losing out on your investment if you decide to sell your EV.

And because electric motors are simpler and less complex than internal combustion engines (ICE), they require less maintenance over time.


The fact is that buying an electric car is a great investment, both for your wallet and the environment. You’ll save money on gas and maintenance over time, plus you won’t have to worry about getting stuck at the side of the road due to engine trouble or running out of fuel on long drives. Even if you take into account the higher upfront costs, it’s still cheaper than driving around in an old gas guzzler–which means there shouldn’t be any excuses left!