Twelve months ago it was between 50 and 70% less to refuel the electric car than a petrol or diesel car; today it can cost more to fill up with electricity
To charge the electric car today you spend 161% more than a year ago. Twelve months ago, the electric car was by far the cheapest in terms of fuel costs with an expense that, depending on the model, was between 50% and 70% lower than the petrol and diesel versions. Due to the increases in the price of energy, however, today not only is this no longer the case, but even, in some cases, it costs more to refuel an electric car than a traditional car. And if, instead of recharging from the home socket, you wanted to connect to a column on the street, the prices would be even higher.
This is what emerges from the analysis carried out by Facile.it, which examined the consumption of some electric models and compared them with similar vehicles powered by petrol or diesel. According to the experts of Facile.it, the rise in energy costs also risks damaging electric mobility. For the analysis, the comparator examined three car models in the full electric, diesel and petrol versions, taking into consideration the consumption declared by the car manufacturers and the prices of energy and fuel.
For electricity, the cost of a home recharge was considered, using the prices in force in the protected market in October 2021 and October 2022 as a reference value, while the average values of the price per column were used for petrol and diesel. in September 2021 and in the last week of September 2022.
The first analysis concerned asubcompact car, segment B, with 100-136 hp displacement. In the diesel version the car has an autonomy of 24.4 km / l, on petrol it of 19.6 km / l while the electric one travels 6.3 km / kWh. Considering a journey of 1,000 km, the diesel engine turns out to be, from the point of view of full fuel, the cheapest one: 71 euros are enough, while for petrol you need 83 euros. In last place is the electric version, which needs 85 euros of electricity to cover the kilometers indicated.
The second simulation examined a ‘sedan car, segment C, engine capacity 130-150 HP, in the diesel (22.5 km / l), petrol (18.7 km / l) and electric (6.6 km / kWh) versions. Also in this case the vehicle that costs less in fuel is the diesel one; to travel 1,000 km the motorist spends 77 euros, while with the electric car it takes 80 euros. The least efficient in this case is the petrol model which costs 88 euros.
The third simulation is the only one where the electric model is still today the most convenient in terms of refueling. For the simulation, asedan car, segment D, engine capacity 249-286 HP, in the petrol versions Mild-Hybrid (13.2 Km / l), diesel Mild-Hybrid (16.1 Km / l) and electric (5.4 Km / kWh). Considering a mileage of 1,000 km in this case, the electric car, as mentioned, turns out to be the cheapest: only 99 euros of electricity are needed, while for the diesel one you need 108 euros of fuel and for the petrol one even 124 euros.