In UK Motorists Could Save Up To £306 ($424) Annually On Less EV Servicing & Maintenance

2 years ago by Mark Kane 13

Nissan LEAF in the UK

Nissan LEAF in the UK

Switch to a new electric vehicle and save hundreds on your garage bills

Switch to a new electric vehicle and save hundreds on your garage bills

Go Ultra Low discovered that in the previous surveys on public perception of EVs, 26% of respondents mistakenly said electric cars are more expensive to run, and almost as many (17%) incorrectly thought they were more expensive to service.

“Only 20% of car owners surveyed in the study correctly identified the low fuel costs of ULEVs – which can be run for as little as 2p per mile.”

Trying to overthrow the myths, Go Ultra Low released its findings that on top of the average £750 ($1,040 USD)annual savings on the fuel bills (electricity compared to fuel), there is significant savings potential in servicing and maintenance of BEVs.

Average motorists in UK pay £400 ($550 USD) a year for car servicing and maintenance, while for EVs that amount is more alike £96 ($133). Average servicing and maintenance savings by switching to an pure electric car could be then be £306 ($424) annucally.

“UK motorists could save an average of £306 a year in garage bills by switching to a new electric car, according to research published today by the government and industry-backed Go Ultra Low campaign.

Every year, the average motorist forks out £400 for servicing and maintenance for their petrol or diesel car – more than four times the equivalent £96 per year cost for an electric vehicle. The findings from Go Ultra Low’s study of UK drivers reveal the extent of savings that ultra low emission vehicles (ULEVs) offer compared to petrol and diesel cars.”

By extrapolating the findings to the whole car market the £13 billion per year spending across the country could turn into £3 billion and around £10 billion (nearly $14 billion) would be savings every year.

“The gap in running costs becomes even greater for some. In the same research, it was discovered that more than a third of petrol and diesel car drivers are currently paying significant additional service and maintenance costs, with 36% of respondents saying that they paid further sums of between £101 and £200 per year for unanticipated costs.

There are wider implications of having a car off the road for servicing. 36% of those surveyed claimed to have lost between £100 and £250 of income due to the inconvenience of their conventionally powered cars having to be kept and worked on in a garage.”

50,000 plug-ins in UK at the end of 2015

50,000 plug-ins in UK at the end of 2015

The number of plug-in (including plug-in hybrids) now exceed in UK 50,000 – pure electric cars are in the minority of those 50,000 and the car market is like blue ocean for EVs.

“Plug-in electric car sales continue to rise at a rapid rate, with more than 28,000 ULEVs registered in 2015 – more than the previous five years combined. The 2015 plug-in car market growth almost doubled 2014’s total, surpassing the previous year’s 14,532 registrations total by 94%. Almost 50,000 Plug-in Car Grant-eligible EVs have been registered since the initiative launched in 2011.”

Poppy Welch, Head of Go Ultra Low, said:

“Pure electric vehicles have fewer moving parts than cars with an internal combustion engine. This means that there are fewer things which require maintenance, and servicing is simpler and cheaper to complete with fewer consumables. Drivers dread unexpected large repair bills, but as more motorists switch to electric vehicles, these killer bills are becoming a thing of the past.

“It’s time that the British public realise just how cheap electric vehicles are to live with – and it’s not just the cut-price servicing. Fuel and running costs can be as low as 2p per mile and plug-in vehicles benefit from the lowest rates of tax, offering the average driver significant cost savings.”

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13 responses to "In UK Motorists Could Save Up To £306 ($424) Annually On Less EV Servicing & Maintenance"

  1. Djoni says:

    Only 1 040$ USD per year saving replacing petrol by electricity seems low.
    Are Britt doing less mileage?

    1. Will says:

      Have you seen the size of our country?

      1. Will says:

        To us, a 100 mile journey is considered ‘long’. To Americans, it’s considered a trip to the grocery store. Just kiddin’.

  2. HeisenberghtNUTS says:

    For big car this reads as follows : we are loosing a 14 billion dollar market… Here we go!

  3. KM says:

    Brits on average drive small cars. The 2 most popular cars in UK are Fiesta and Corsa.

    1. Will says:

      I’d consider them both ‘medium’ cars really. Small would be the likes of Mini or Smart, etc.

  4. PVH says:

    Yes but other studies put forward that some EV’s steep depreciation due to battery technology improvement make them more expensive to run than ICE. EV makers should definitely allow battery upgrade, if they don’t they will sooner or later say “see, no way to make money on Ev’s nobody buying them”. No EV owner should accept to remain stuck with an old battery given current pace of improvements in that area.

    1. Someone out there says:

      That is a good point but it’s mostly because the early adopter price of any technology is so much higher than mainstream prices. What will it look like when the EV market has matured? Hard to tell, we don’t know how much prices on batteries will drop in the coming 10-20 years.

      1. TomArt says:

        Tesla guarantees resale value for theirs…also, I’ll forward a conjecture that, with their swappable battery pack, it would stand to reason that the S60 could take a 90kWh pack. Back when Tesla revealed the battery swapping stations, it was discussed that an S60 could swap for an 85kWh pack for an upgrade fee.

        A potential upgrade problem would be when they go to their new form-factor for cells – current Model S might not be able to accommodate the new packs.

        A bigger problem for Tesla resale is for the models that don’t have the autopilot hardware (can’t upgrade), and the pre- dual-motor models (can’t upgrade).

        I do not know whether old Leaves can use the latest battery packs from Nissan…or whether old Volts take on the bigger packs used in the updated Volts…

  5. Someone out there says:

    I’m not so sure the numbers are comparable. The average ICE car is much older than the average EV simply because the EV market is still so new. Obviously older cars need more maintenance.
    What will it look like in 10 years? Well most likely the battery on most EVs need to be replaced and that is probably not going to be cheap even considering the price dropping. This will add to the servicing cost significantly on the EV side.

    1. Will says:

      Will it? Batteries are coming down in price rapidly, and one battery on average every 8 or so years isn’t the end of the world.

      It doesn’t matter how you butter it up; EV’s are mechanically far simpler than ICE cars. They have DRASTICALLY less parts that need regular maintenance. Even a 10 year old EV should in theory be far simpler to restore.

      1. TomArt says:

        Not to mention the complete lack of oil/filter changes and transmission malfunctions (sensors, fluid flushes)! No rusting/corrosion of an exhaust system…no emissions inspections…spark plugs…head gaskets…the list goes on and on, particularly with age.

        As the current EVs age, I think you’ll see improved battery warranties coming out in order to avoid the bad press from customers whose battery packs will have died outside of the warranty period – or, automakers will have turned out to be smart (Tesla?) where their existing models can be upgraded with newer packs for a relatively moderate fee when the old crap out…

  6. Steven says:

    I have a Nissan Leaf Tekna, the first year service was £80 & the 2nd year was £149.00 although they did try to flog me a set of tyres, its only done 23,000 so I didn’t bother. It goes back to the finance house in a couple of months, its not worth buying as the residual value on it is higher than the car is valued at plus the Tesla 3 will be out in the UK late 2017 early 2018 so I will go back to a ‘banger’ & wait for its arrival as I’m not buying a car with a 80mi range when the Tesla will cost about the same & do over 200mi per charge