​Electric cars cost less to service ​

Service and maintenance costs for electric cars are 23% lower on average than for equivalent petrol vehicles over three years and 60,000 miles, new research has found.

The research was conducted by leading car industry data analysts CAP HPI and found that for smaller cars the gap is even bigger.

“An electric car motor has far fewer moving parts than a petrol or diesel engine,” Chris Plumb, the company’s Senior Valuations Editor, said. “They also benefit from gentler driving styles that lead to lower wear and tear of brakes and tyres.While the purchase price is often higher at the moment (but is coming down all the time), drivers will find an EV much cheaper to run with significantly lower charging costs, compared to visiting the pump, and lower maintenance costs.”

The study also noted that the number of electric vehicles in use increased by 128% - or 21,019 vehicles – in the three years to April 2018.

The number of electric vehicles on Britain’s roads has leapt 128% since 2015, according to the company’s research. The study compared April 2018 to April 2015 and found there are now 21,019 more electric vehicles in use. In total, there are now 37,483 electric vehicles on the road today.

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