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How do electric and gas vehicles compare as far as cost?

Q: In comparing the operating expense of an electric vehicle to a gas vehicle, what would be the total cost or cost per mile for operating comparable vehicles? Let’s face the fact that plugging your electrical vehicle into an electrical socket at home is costly. How does that cost compare with gas purchases?

A: The cost per mile of an electric car is less than the operating cost of a gas car, with most reporting at 4 to 5 cents per mile. This is explained in the latest version of AAA’s Your Driving costs (

This doesn’t sound like much of a savings, but over the lifetime of the car it can really add up.

Maintenance costs are also less for EVs, but when they do need repairs, they are more expensive to fix. You would also need to compare insurance costs.