EV services cheaper and quicker

New data has found that servicing an electric vehicle is about 22% cheaper than an average internal combustion engine.

Much of these savings are a result of reduced labour times, which are about 33% shorter for EVs compared to ICE cars.

This is according to Fleet Assist and based on the 850,000 fleet cars and vans using its 5,200-strong franchised and independent garage network.

Its research also found that the parts component of a BEV job is also typically 28% cheaper than an ICE car.

However, these prices are not being passed on as other costs ramp up the overall costs of servicing an EV. This includes necessary investment in tooling and training

Vincent St Claire, Fleet Assist’s MD, said: “Fleet and retail drivers cannot take it for granted that BEV service and maintenance prices will remain cheaper than ICE cars, as over time costs could become more comparable. Garages are already starting to come to terms with how EVs will impact their servicing revenues and workshop traffic in the longer term. We may see more garages looking at ways to address how the paradigm shift of BEV aftersales is going to challenge their service provision and fees they charge.”