The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning gets charging at a charging station near the end of its construction at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center at Ford's Rouge plant in Dearborn on Thursday, September 16, 2021.

Electric Vehicle Cost Comparison vs Gas: Charging, Deductions, Tax Credits – Detroit Free Press

A recent study analyzing the cost of running electric vehicles compared to internal combustion engine vehicles has sparked controversy and inspired readers’ questions.

The study found that gasoline-powered cars are slightly cheaper to fuel than some electric vehicles, depending on several factors.

This study is atypical. Several studies show that the opposite is true.

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However, no single study can explain every car ownership scenario.

The 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning gets charging at a charging station near the end of its construction at the Rouge Electric Vehicle Center at Ford's Rouge plant in Dearborn on Thursday, September 16, 2021.

There are differences in: personal driving habits, the local cost of gasoline, public charging access, personal charging habits, the fuel economy of an ICE versus the driving range of an EV… to name a few.

The consensus is that most electric vehicle owners charge mostly at home, but the public infrastructure required to support the widespread adoption of electric vehicles still needs to be up and running.

With the growing interest in electric vehicles among buyers, here are some questions and answers to keep in mind from our readers.

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Which is cheaper to own: an electric car or an internal combustion engine?

The consensus is EV.

This is taking into account tax breaks at the time of purchasing a new electric car and lower maintenance costs because electric vehicles have fewer parts and do not need regular care such as an oil change or antifreeze. Many electric vehicle owners also say there is a time savings in not waiting in service halls for routine vehicle maintenance.


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