Early adopter here. Six years ago I bought a little two seater all electric car called “The Think.” With a 100 mile range the car has never left the city, but it was my daily commute car to work and to run errands car around town. I’ve put about 48,000 completely gas free miles on it, so I’ve been putting a respectable 8,000 miles per year on it.
It cost me $30,000 six years ago, and I got the $7,500 tax credit reducing the effective cost to $22,500. I have never had to pay for an oil change, never had to change an air filter, or spark plugs, never had to adjust the timing, replace a muffler or fuel pump, or by antifreeze or coolant for the radiator it does not have.
There have been maintenance costs, but nothing unique to electric cars. The tires had to be replaced, so did the brake pads. Oh, and it needed at one point a front end realignment. Basic stuff.
I’m frequently asked by my skeptical friends how much the car added to my electric bill. The charging station at my house is on a separate meter so I know exactly how much. It’s about $11 to $13 a month. You heard that right, less than the cost of filling up a single tank of gas for an entire month. I conservatively estimate I have saved $1,000/year in “fuel costs” over the last six years. The best part is, during cold Indiana winters I didn’t have to get out of my car in subzero temps to put gas in my car. It refueled in the comparative warmth of my garage as I slept.
The car has taken me into retirement. As I relocate to Key Largo I plan to have it shipped down there. It will be the perfect little “island car” for trips to the grocery and so forth. It’s plastic shell will even be more resistant to the corrosive sea air than all the luddites driving their gas hogs.
Speaking of gas hogs, my wife drives the family’s (comparatively) gas hogging Prius.