Research by Volkswagen Financial Services UK (VWFS) suggests the monthly cost of ownership for many electric vehicles is considerably cheaper than comparable petrol or diesel cars.
According to VWFS, a recent government study found that 70 per cent of motorists felt the cost of purchase was a key barrier to owning an EV, however drivers could save up to £80 (AU$152) per month by making the switch to electric.
Using Volkswagen’s Cost of Ownership tool, VWFS calculated the estimated cost of ownership by combining the retail price of a car with the average yearly running costs based on a selected mileage.
By considering how many years a driver would own the prospective car, as well as the cost to tax said vehicle, customers are able to find out the total estimated cost, excluding the costs of finance.
The intuitive cost of ownership tool then allows customers to compare the cost of EVs against other petrol and diesel counterparts.
VWFS said the comparison tool finds that, based on an annual distance of 15,000 miles (24,000km) and being owned for 48 months, ID.3 works out £77 (AU$146) a month cheaper than Golf 8 Life. In some cases, this can be even more depending on the mileage and length of ownership selected by the prospective buyer.
Using the same differentials in mileage and length of ownership, VFFS research also revealed ID.4 comes in at £78 (AU$148) per month less than Tiguan Life.
The EV&Me app, which VWFS created with Audi to demonstrate to customers how an electric or plug-in hybrid vehicle could fit into their lifestyle, can analyse driving behaviour to give insight into how many journeys can be driven without stopping to charge, and the cost savings generated by moving to an EV.
Mike Todd, CEO of Volkswagen Financial Services UK, said: manufacturers and retailers have a greater duty than ever before to help more drivers make the switch to electric vehicles. “This will be achieved by showing that the overall cost of an EV is not as big a barrier as once perceived, and in fact can be cheaper than most comparable petrol or diesel models. Naturally, the challenge is to show customers the financial benefit that switching can have and useful tools like cost of ownership calculators and the EV&me app are great ways of showcasing the savings that can be made by embracing greener and sustainable travel,” said Todd.