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Gasoline, electricity, cash: how much money will you save with an electric car? - Walla! vehicle


Is an electric car really cheaper to maintain? How much does it cost to charge an electric car? Does she have treatments and how much do they cost? All the answers in this article

One gasoline, one diesel and one electric.

Who will leave more money in your pocket? (Photo: Keinan Cohen)

Car maintenance in Israel is a dubious pleasure.

We are an island country that depends on the import of cars which makes them more expensive to begin with, the taxation on a new car is one of the highest in the world, the costs of spare parts are outrageous, more than half of the price of a liter of gasoline is tax - this is how it is when a country sells about 40 billion shekels a year as revenue from transportation.

And in the end, the payoff is far from being a pleasant experience with huge traffic jams on the roads that are only getting worse.

So what can be done anyway?

Try to save where possible, and with the entry of more and more electric cars into the market, it seems that we have found a magic solution to at least part of the headache and pocket pain of maintaining our car.

Without liters of oil, pumps, filters, belts, complex cooling systems, mountings that wear out and the other components we are used to finding in internal combustion engines.

Even changing the brake discs can be made profitable due to the use of the electric motor to slow the car and charge the batteries.

On the face of it, the electric car is an almost maintenance-free product in terms of the drive system.

In addition, the "refueling" costs of these electric cars are also significantly cheaper than gasoline cars.

How cheap, where do you save and where not really?

in the examination before you.

Ionic 5, expensive to purchase, but what about the maintenance? (Photo: Kenan Cohen)

In order to simplify things, we will divide the article into three parts;

In the showroom, where we will check the price differences of the vehicle as new.

On the road, where we will check the maintenance and treatment increases.

And at the charging station, where we will examine the charging costs.

And another clarification - we have selected several electric cars and their equivalents from the same manufacturers and importers in order to produce a comparison as close as possible.

However, you can also apply the "rules of thumb" and general numbers to other electric cars that are not listed here, such as Geely Geometric C, Tesla, BYD and others.

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in the showroom

The supply of electric cars, which only a few years ago was limited, is expanding at a dizzying pace.

Not only new models of old brands that arrive in the showrooms, but also new car manufacturers, the vast majority from China that arrive here new for the mornings.

Already at their starting point, electric cars are more expensive than equivalent gasoline cars.

There are several reasons for this and the main ones are the higher battery costs, the production on dedicated lines for these cars, the low sales volume compared to gasoline cars which requires the dispersion of the "return on investment" in them over fewer units and more.

On the other hand, in most cases and in most countries, these cars benefit from lenient conditions in the field of taxation in order to encourage the public to choose the green alternative.

The prices of the trams and the gasoline and diesel equivalents (photo: screenshot, screenshot)

In our test, we selected a number of models that represent the internal combustion engine (and hybrid) alternatives and the electric models of each brand.

Since the goal is to produce a comparison, we have not included here brands that market only electric cars such as Geely, BYD Tesla and others.

However, most of the numbers can also be applied to internal combustion cars and other electric vehicles.

In Hyundai, we have chosen the flagship electric car of the manufacturer Ionique 5 which we will compare with the large hybrid Sonata family and the marketed buyer in an all-electric version and a hybrid version.

At Skoda, it's the electric Aniac versus the Kodiak that matches it in price.

At Peugeot, we chose the 2008 trio that comes in an electric version, gasoline and also with a diesel engine.

How much does it cost you to travel a kilometer in a regular car and how much in a tram? (Photo: Reuven Castro)

on the way

On the face of it, the initial assumption is that we can offset the price gap to the detriment of the streetcars through electricity prices that are significantly cheaper than gasoline and diesel, as well as their regular maintenance prices.

In terms of energy, the gap is indeed significant, if we take the manufacturers' data as a basis for our calculations (which, although not realistic, are at least uniform at the level of their initial calculation).

In the case of the Hyundai Ionak 5 which will cover 481 km with the 72.6 kWh batteries, that is 6.6 km per kWh, with home charging at the current cost of 62.5 cents per kWh, the "cost" of each kilometer is only 9.1 cents. Hyundai A hybrid Sonata that consumes a liter of fuel per 20 km will cost NIS 6.94 per liter of 95 octane gasoline and 35 cents per kilometer driven.

The numbers vary slightly from electric car to electric car and compared to one or another gasoline car, but the differences remain very significant in favor of the drive without the emissions from the exhaust.

Charging at a public station is not a cheap story when it comes to the speed ones (Photo: Rami Gilboa)

To this difference must be added the maintenance costs of electric cars compared to gasoline cars.

As mentioned, without the drive systems that accompany gasoline engines, electric cars are significantly simpler to maintain - not exempt from it entirely, but with fewer requirements.

Here, for example, in the case of the Peugeot 2008, the gasoline version will require service every 15,000 km or a year, the service includes an oil change, oil filter, air conditioner filter and work and amounts to NIS 936 (all prices in the article include VAT).

In the diesel version, the treatment components are the same and the cost is also similar - NIS 941.

In its electric version, you will be required to come every 25,000 km or a year for service in order to replace the air conditioner filter only, but together with the cost of the work, you will reach about NIS 615. That is, about two-thirds of the cost of an internal combustion engine and every 25,000 km, not 15,000 km "M.

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On the other hand, buying a hybrid Hyundai Kona compared to an electric car will not save you much.

In the hybrid version, the cost of the maintenance required every 15,000 km or a year will be 691 NIS. The electric buyer has the same maintenance routine in terms of schedules, but this only includes changing the dust filter for the air conditioner and the cost of the maintenance is NIS 529. The comparison between the maintenance costs of the electric cars vs. You can find the gasoline cars in the next paragraph.

It should be noted that the prices of the brake pads for the electric cars listed here are for informational purposes, since the rate of brake wear in these cars is very low and does not require replacement as often as in internal combustion cars, because the electric cars slowly convert the energy into electricity without the use of brakes. The experience already gained in the market, the chances are that in the first three years you will not change pads in an electric vehicle, but you will change them at least once in a vehicle with a gasoline or diesel engine.

Electric cars also receive an additional benefit in the form of a reduced annual license fee at a cost of NIS 531, a savings of approximately NIS 1,500 per year.

Who is the cheapest in the garage?

Hyundai Ioniq 5


Cost of treatments up to 90,000 km (once a year or 15,000 km): 7,196 NIS

Cost of treatments for four years (once a year or 30,000 km): 5,509 NIS

Front pads: 583 NIS

Rear pads: 575 NIS

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid


Cost of treatments up to 105 thousand km (once a year or 15 thousand km): 12,638 NIS

Cost of treatments for three years (once a year or 15 thousand km): 4,915 NIS

Front pads: 703 NIS

pads Rear seats: NIS 373

Hyundai buys an electric car doesn't save much in the garage (Photo: Keinan Cohen)

Hyundai buys an electric:

Cost of maintenance up to 105 thousand km (once a year or 15 thousand km): 6,987 NIS

Cost of maintenance for three years (once a year or 15 thousand km): NIS 1,874

Front pads: 703 NIS

Rear pads: 373 NIS

Hyundai buys a hybrid:

cost of maintenance up to 105,000 km (once a year or 15,000 km): 7,652 NIS

cost of maintenance for three years (once a year or 15,000 km): 2,979 NIS

Front pads: 513 NIS

pads Rear seats: NIS 499

Skoda Aniac, modest savings (photo: Dodi Moskovitz)

Skoda Kodiaq


Cost of treatments up to 100,000 km (once a year or 15,000 km): 6,610 NIS

Cost of treatments for three years (once a year or 15,000 km): 2,455 NIS

Front pads: 630 NIS

Rear pads: 610 Shekel

Skoda Aniac


Cost of treatments up to 100,000 km (once a year or 15,000 km): 5,774 NIS

Cost of treatments for three years (once a year or 15,000 km): 1,969 NIS

Front pads: 691 NIS

Rear pads: NIS 526.5

Skoda Kodiaq, will leave you with a surplus (Photo: Keinan Cohen)

Peugeot offers the 2008 in three drive configurations, which will save you the most? (Photo: Keinan Cohen)

Peugeot 2008 electric


cost of maintenance up to 100,000 km (once a year or 25,000 km): NIS 2,461

cost of maintenance for two years (once a year or 25,000 km): NIS 1,230

front pads: NIS 992

rear pads : 478 NIS

Peugeot 2008 Gasoline


Cost of treatments up to 105 thousand km (once a year or 15 thousand km): 10,820 NIS

Cost of treatments for three years (once a year or 15 thousand km): 3,457 NIS

Front pads: NIS 664

Rear pads: NIS 514

Peugeot 2008 Diesel


Cost of treatments up to 105 thousand km (once a year or 15 thousand km): 8,070 NIS

Cost of treatments for three years (once a year or 15 thousand km): 3,318 NIS

Front pads: 991 NIS

Rear pads: 514 NIS

Who is the cheapest in insurance?

Like any car, you will also need to insure your electric car with mandatory and comprehensive insurance.

The insurance prices presented here were checked under the base data for a 40-year-old driver from the center of the country, with 20 years of driving experience and a clean insurance history.

It should be noted that the relative closeness of the streetcar insurance prices to those of the gasoline-powered cars does not necessarily result from the actuarial calculation that assesses the extent of their chance of being stolen or their involvement in traffic accidents, but rather results from the higher value of the vehicle as new.

The indicated price is the cheapest for the model we found this week on the wobi website.

Hyundai Ioniq 5 Prestige:

NIS 7,566 (Agricultural Insurance)

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid:

NIS 7,392 (The Phoenix)

Hyundai Kona Electric:

5,313 NIS (Migdal)


Hyundai Kona Hybrid:

NIS 6,111 (Shirvit)

Skoda Aniac:

6,369 NIS (The Phoenix)

Skoda Kodiaq 1.5 liters:

5,637 NIS (Phoenix)

Peugeot 2008 Electric: 5,636 NIS (Reserved)

Peugeot 2008 Gasoline:

4,581 NIS (Reserved)

Peugeot 2008 Diesel:

4,642 NIS (Reserved)

At the public stations, there is nothing to claim more than 80%, the cost is high, but charging is slow (photo: Walla! system, Udi Etzion)

electric bill

As far as electric cars are concerned, the main financial savings expressed in the absence of refueling expenses is also one of their main barriers - the range.

Today the market is divided between three main groups of trams;

with a range of up to 350 km that will be suitable for reasonable daily use, those that offer between 350 and 500 km and also allow going on long trips and returning without too many worries and the upper segment of 500 km and above where there are mainly luxury cars such as the Tesla Model S , the electric Genesis G80, the Mercedes EQS and EQE, etc. In this review, we refer to the first two groups, where most of the market is focused.

Expensive, and this is even more so if you find a proper and free charging station during the holidays, for example (Photo: Surfer Photos, Yoav Falls)

Who is the cheapest to charge and refuel

We made the charging and refueling calculations based on the following key data: annual mileage of 18,000 km, declared fuel/electricity consumption, fuel prices as of January 2023 (NIS 6.94 per liter of 95 octane gasoline, NIS 7.5 per liter of diesel, average price at stations), electricity prices At a domestic rate of 62.5 agora per kWh and NIS 2 for fast charging in a usage mix of 85% home charging and 15% public fast charging.

Hyundai Ioniq 5

: 2,512 NIS

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

: 6,300 NIS

Skoda Aniac

: 2,916 NIS

Skoda Kodiaq 1.5 liter

: 8,873 NIS

Hyundai Kona Electric

: 2,379 NIS

Hyundai Kona Hybrid

: 4,921 NIS

Peugeot 2008 Electric

: 2,655 NIS

Peugeot 2008 Gasoline

: NIS 7,590

Peugeot 2008 diesel

: NIS 6,490

Your decision begins with clarifying your needs and suitability for life with an electric vehicle (Photo: Keinan Cohen)

The bottom line

As you can see, with the exception of the higher expense in the purchase price and sometimes in the price of the insurance derived from it in some cases, in all other aspects of the current car maintenance, an electric vehicle will be cheaper than a gasoline or diesel vehicle by at least NIS 500 per month.

Those who travel more than the average 18,000 kilometers, or can rely almost exclusively on slow charging, can also reach about NIS 1,000 a month.

And that's even before the contribution of reducing emissions.

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Source: walla

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