Controversy ‘Raising electric cars is more expensive than petrol cars’


The cost of raising electric and gas cars is still controversial – Photo: Autoevolution

The controversy surrounding electric vehicles is still ongoing. Many argue that raising electric vehicles is less expensive thanks to the lower cost of charging than petrol.

However, this advantage of electric vehicles is being challenged. Research by Anderson Economic Group (AEG) shows that fuel costs from petrol-powered vehicles are on average lower than those of electric vehicles of the same price.

Specifically, AEG claims that every 100 miles (160km), users of an internal combustion engine vehicle in the US lose $11.29. For the same distance, users of electric cars that charge at home spend $11.60, while those who regularly charge at an external station pay an average of $14.40 per 160km.


The results of AEG’s research surprised many people – Photo: Autoevolution

As explained by AEG founder Patrick Anderson, the high price of gasoline in the period 2021 – early 2022 has made many people see electric cars as a bright alternative. However, the situation in the US from the end of 2022 has been reversed. Gasoline prices fell lower, and electricity prices rose again in the fourth quarter of 2022, reversing the trend.

The AEG study also took into account factors such as home charging equipment, road maintenance tax (for petrol cars) and a corresponding fee when buying new electric vehicles in some places, the cost of moving out. charging station as well as the estimated waste of waiting for charging.

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“Downtime”, the time users have to travel to the charging station if they want to charge quickly, and the time in line, also cause the cost of using electric vehicles to spike – Illustration: InsideEVs

After the research results were published, many parallel users of both electric and petrol cars spoke up to share their actual usage results with data that are completely opposite to the above study.

The above study was conducted in the US, where electricity prices fluctuate from state to state, time of day (peak electricity is significantly more expensive than quiet hours like night time) and month by month.

The researchers did not specify at what point in time the inputs were taken, for example, taking electricity prices at the highest point compared to gasoline prices at the lowest point could lead to significant “errors”.

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