If the price of batteries has been divided by 7 since 2010, the investment in a new electric car may still seem important. However, the accumulation of purchase subsidies and the savings linked to the use of an electric vehicle make it a much cheaper mobility solution than one might think.
The maintenance of an electric car costs less than that of a thermal car
Not surprisingly, on the electric ones no draining to be foreseen. Tyres, discs and other brake pads are less subject to wear and tear, and therefore need to be changed less regularly… The maintenance cost of an electric car over the course of a year is around 30% to 50% less than for petrol or diesel vehicles… This is the first major argument to help you make your decision.
A recharging cost of 2 to 3 € for 100km. Repairs included!
Whether recharging is carried out on a secure domestic socket, or on a terminal installed in a private home or condominium, the cost of recharging electric cars is equivalent to the use of a domestic oven or washing machine. This is the equivalent of 2 to 3€ per 100 km travelled, including repairs. As opposed to 6 to 8€ estimated for a thermal vehicle.
The retrofit and transformation of cars into electric, finally arrives France!
Several French companies are already positioning themselves on the retrofit market, each with its own specificity. These “Made in France retrofit startups” offer conversions ranging from €10,000 to €29,000, excluding grants, and cars ready for conversion supplied by their owners.
As for Transition One, a startup in Orléans that offers to replace the combustion engine of small class A models (Twingo II, Fiat 500, Toyota Aygo, Citroën C1, Peugeot 107, Volkswagen Polo), supplied by the individuals themselves, all in 4 hours and for €5,000 in aid deducted.
Or Ian Motion who made the mythical Austin Mini, the spearhead of his activity, from €29,000 car not included.
Retrofuture Electric Vehicles, for its part, is launching a range of 15 iconic cars selected and supplied by the company, ranging from the original Fiat 500 to the 1968 Porsche 912 and the Peugeot 504 coupé. A small revolution from 19,000 to 60,000 € car included, to satisfy all vintage lovers.
A steadily growing market for second-hand electric cars
After surpassing the 42,800 electric vehicles registered in 2019 (1.9% market share), the second-hand or second-hand electric car market is steadily growing. This is logical. Many offers can now be found on specialized sites such as Automobile Propre or La Centrale.
The ecological bonus, still as interesting for purchases under 45 000€
The purchase of a new electric vehicle benefits from the ecological bonus. This can amount to up to 27% of the purchase price, i.e. €6,000 on certain models.
This €6,000 bonus is maintained in 2020, but subject to a purchase ceiling of €45,000. Beyond €45,000, this ecological bonus will be halved and will not exceed €3,000. On the other hand, top-of-the-range electric cars worth more than 60 K€ will no longer benefit from this bonus.
Conversion bonus and aid from local authorities for the purchase of an electric vehicle
Exchanging your old (polluting) vehicle allows you to obtain the conversion premium against the purchase of a new or second-hand electric or hybrid vehicle, up to €5,000. More information on the dedicated website.
A subsidy application can also be filed with the Greater Paris Metropolis, to obtain aid of up to €6,000 for the purchase of a new or second-hand electric, hydrogen, hybrid or CNG vehicle. More information on the site.
The Bouches-du-Rhône, for its part, offers a €5,000 bonus for the purchase of a new 100% electric car, which can be cumulated with the other grants. Normandy offers a grant of €2,000 for a 100% electric car and €1,500 for a car running on natural gas.
Other departments such as Occitania and Hauts-de-France also offer aid. All information about these local schemes can be found on the website of your region or department.
Free parking in Paris
In Paris, electric vehicles benefit from free parking in 130,000 paying spaces. A “Low-emission” virtual card allows residents (without a parking disc), visitors or professionals to find free parking for their own vehicle for up to 7 consecutive days. Visitors can park for up to 6 hours with a European parking disc. More info on the site.
… Or free recharging in the public car park
Public car parks now offer a large number of charging stations accessible free of charge for the simple cost of parking.
But also on the car parks of commercial signs
The major retailers also offer free recharging stations to thank you for your visit. Among them are Lidl, Auchan, Ikea etc… More information can be found on their website.