While driver’s interest in electric vehicles is growing, the cost of a new electric vehicle is the biggest drag on this type of purchase. There are a number of things to take into account when evaluating the price of a new electric car:
the cost of purchasing the new vehicle; the cost of renting the battery; the amount of energy needed to power the car; the ecological bonus; the superbonus if the old vehicle, said thermal, is sent to the scrapyard.
Buying a new electric car is a big investment. We must, however, not forget to take into account when calculating these costs: the financial aid which can be obtained through the acquisition of this type of vehicle, and penalties for polluting cars.
The use of electricity to power the engine also saves money compared to a thermal vehicle. This is the major benefit of electric mobility. The price of a full tank for an electric car is much cheaper than a full tank of diesel or gasoline. Consumption varies between different models. It is generally 15kWh / 100km. For the models consuming the most, consumption is rather 20kWh / 100km. The cost of a full tank for an electric car is usually less than 10 euros compared to 40 to 50 euros for a full tank of gasoline.
Budget comparison between a gasoline cars and an electric vehicles
|Indicators||fuel car||electric car|
|Average rate||1,5 €/L||0,25 €/kWh|
|Rate 100 km||7,5 €*||2,5 €*|
|Annual price||1125 €**||375 €**|
What is the cost to charge an electric vehicle?
The cost of refueling an electric car is about four times less than for its thermal equivalence. Obviously, this ratio may vary on a case-by-case basis, in particular depending on the type of vehicle and its batteries, but also on the pricing policy in force at the kWh electricity supplier. According to the website kelwatt.fr, the owner of an electric car, whose consumption is around 15kWh / 100km, spends an average of 10 euros to refuel.
The math is pretty straightforward. You just need to take the consumption of your electric car, which averages between 12 and 20 kWh / 100 km, and multiply it by the kilowatt-hour rate from your energy supplier. By taking a median value of 0.146 € / kWh in peak hours and 0.125 € / kWh in off-peak hours, we arrive at the indicative values in the table below.
|Full hour||Peak hours|
|12 kWh/100 km||1.75 €/100 km||1.5 €/100 km|
|15 kWh/100 km||2.20 €/100 km||1.9 €/100 km|
|20 kWh/100 km||2.90 €/100 km||2.5 €/100 km|
To reduce the bill, note that most electric cars offer programming systems that allow charging to be triggered when electricity is cheapest.