We have written before about the trade-offs and differences, especially for your wallet, between traditional fuels and electric driving. Trends and developments are closely monitored and, as expected, electric driving is becoming increasingly attractive and feasible. The new info in a row in our blog today.
Fuel vs Electricity
Yes, electricity is getting more expensive. With the developments in gas prices and electricity, you would therefore think that this would have a negative effect on the balance sheet. But with the very high fuel prices (on highways you pay about 2 euros per liter of petrol), there remains a large gap in terms of ‘fuel’ in what is incurred per kilometer in costs.
The choice and possibilities of the charging points in the case of electric have a further influence on this. Charging at home is the cheapest. Public charging stations and fast charging points vary more in their rates and are somewhat more expensive than your private charging point at home. The fact remains that the price per kilometer for electric vehicles is significantly lower.
Another fine one on which electrical scores well. Although tax rates are developing, the costs for tax (road tax, purchase tax) for electric cars are emphatically lower. This applies to private individuals who buy or lease privately. Business drivers benefit from an advantage in the addition.
Purchase and maintenance
This one requires a little more explanation. The price of electric cars is on average higher than for traditional models. That makes the purchase more expensive. An important development in this regard is that many brands have greatly expanded their electric range (and are expanding it even further), so that an electric option is increasingly available in the smaller segment and therefore accessible to many more people.
It is also not unimportant that the second-hand market is getting more and more offer in electric AND that there will of course be a new ‘subsidy pot’ again this year (2022) for both new and used electric cars. That takes some of the “pain” away.
Another point is that maintenance is cheaper. Although the battery is expensive (hence the higher purchase prices), electric models have far fewer moving parts and mechanical brakes are rarely used. Wear or failure is therefore less of an issue.
Charging points and good advice
We understand, of course, that as a strong proponent of electric, we strongly applaud these positive developments. However, we also know that you may have questions when choosing or considering an electric car.
That starts with choosing a charging point for your home, if you have that option, or the charging points that you can use or would like to see appear at your employer or in your neighbourhood.
Our team is happy to help you with all your questions and think along with you about the best solution. So do let us hear from you!