How Much Maintenance Will Your Electric Vehicle Require After An Accident?

New research suggests that electric vehicles could cost 35% less to maintain than combustion vehicles. In fact, despite the initial cost of electric cars, they are not only cheaper than “fuel,” but also cost 25% less than the average gas counterpart to maintain. But as we slowly transition to EV models, does that mean we are safe from accidents entirely? What makes a vehicle dangerous isn’t only just their size, speed, weight, and momentum. It is the tank full of gasoline, a dangerous substance, which has the potential to catch fire and explode within seconds. This is why drivers are switching from gas engines to electric cars.

Every year, 30,000 Americans die in car accidents across the United States alone. While EV models may cost more than the average small sedan or sports vehicle, they have the lowest annual cost in repair and maintenance, according to the American Automobile Association.

Every Battery Has a History

Electric vehicles are distinctly safer as they do not carry any gasoline but rather large arrays of Li-ion (lithium-ion). However, there have been a number of cases of the Li-ion batteries in smartphones and laptop computers catching fire. The problem relates to the high-energy density that is packed into each battery. If the small battery in cell phones are potentially dangerous, imagine how much more hazardous they could be in a car. For instance, the Tesla Roadster consists of 7,000 batteries per car.

The Center for Auto Safety claims that an electric car’s battery has the potential to catch on fire if it heats to the point of igniting flammable liquids nearby. While the facts that surround the Volt fire are complex, statistics report having one fire incident for every 1,000 cars annually – making auto fires a common feature on the road.

EV Cost & Maintenance

Maintaining an EV will cost a third of the current maintenance of a gas-powered car, according to OliNo Renewable Energy. The electric car contains a number of moving components, which are vulnerable to wear-and-tear. However, regular combustion maintenance including oil and filter replacements are not necessary.

Safety in Electric Cars

Electric vehicles like the Leaf and Volt have received stellar safety ratings, with awards for the front, side, near, and rollover protection from IIHS. Following the Volt fire incident, there are a few guidelines for EV users to consider:

  • Battery and components are fully charged.
  • Exposed components, high-voltage batteries, and wires presenting potential shock hazards.
  • Off-gassing/venting battery vapors are potentially flammable and toxic.
  • Physical damage to battery or vehicle may result in the delayed or immediate release of flammable gases and/or toxins that may cause a fire.

Overall, buying an electric vehicle rather than a gasoline-fueled option will save you money in the long-run. To reduce transportation costs, electric car users could charge their batteries when the prices are low and sell electricity onto the grid when rates show signs of increase. Thus, drivers must balance the supply and demand of power in EV to avoid costly upgrades and invest in efficient power plants.

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Alan Moeller

By Alan Moeller

EV car evangelist! I read, watch, write, research and chat all things electric cars. Got a lead on a story? Shoot me a message on Facebook.


  1. Who writes this stuff? Vehicle to Grid schemes have been tried for over a decade, yet have not come to any great usage, and I predict this ‘general acceptance’ won’t happen any time soon since the charge/discharge efficiency of the car itself triples when doing V2G. Simply not worth the bother.

    My Nephew got in a bad collision in my new BOLT ev a month ago, and so far, its not proving ‘easy to repair it at 1/3 rd the cost’. I’ll be interested in the final repair bill, but I think the insurance company will have wished they ‘totalled’ the vehicle since the costs keep going up and up – $16,000 as of a week ago, $20,000 now, and the continual rental of a Jeep Wrangler for my Nephew as a replacement vehicle (whose costs go on and on daily) keep running up the bill.

  2. The battery pack ALONE costs over $15,000 for a Kia Soul EV. Nothing in an ice car can compare. The charge controller is nearly another $1,000. None of this includes installation or repair of anything, just parts costs. I can buy a rebuilt 350 ci GM engine for less than $2000, complete and ready to run. EVs are designed to be obsolete as soon as the new model comes out. 3 years from now, all the parts that fail will be unobtanium and you are supposed to simply junk it or total it. There isn’t going to be any “antique EVs” if the manufacturers can help it. You have no right to repair anything in a new car and they do everything they can to prevent you finding out how. Try getting an electronic schematic for the car, like you used to get from NAPA. It doesn’t exist. Even the dealers can only get a rudimentary wiring diagram showing the interconnections between mystery modules. Try fixing the blower motor circuit in any new car ice or no ice. It’s disgusting. Even the AM-FM radio is some kind of copy protected big secret.

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