ADAC sees cost advantages for electric vehicles compared to combustion engines, especially for medium-sized vehicles. For small cars, on the other hand, Stromer often has no competition, as the traffic club announced on Wednesday. It is based on full cost calculations for car models currently available on the German market. In addition to fuel or electricity costs and the depreciation of the vehicle, things like maintenance costs, taxes and insurance are also included.
On average for the mid-range vehicles evaluated, the electric car was still affordable assuming an annual mileage of 15,000 km and a five-year vehicle ownership period, even if at 80 cents per kilowatt it was a very high price and Euro 1.50 for diesel was the lowest price of fuel used.
In the case of small cars, on the other hand, the comparison is worse for Stromer. With an electricity price of 40 cents, combustion engines are cheap on average, even with a fuel price of two euros. According to ADAC, the prices of electric cars are far higher than those of combustion engines.
It looks a little better on average in the lower middle class. Here, at 40 cents per kilowatt hour, electric cars can even beat diesel at 1.50 euros per liter. In the case of gasoline engines, on the other hand, it depends on the actual price of fuel. In the upper middle class, on the other hand, diesel wins even with electricity prices of 30 cents and 2 euros per liter of fuel. In the upper class, things look better again for Stromer – up to more than 50 cents per kilowatt hour, it beats the combustion engines themselves by 1.50 per liter, and for small cars by almost 50 cents per kilowatt.
According to ADAC, however, individual values can vary significantly – depending on the car or, for example, on the amount of discount given to individual models. The traffic club did not evaluate SUVs directly, but gave them other car classes based on price and size.