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So that was my question, what maintenance costs you can expect after 5-6 years.

Well, not so much. Maybe the tires by chance next, and depending on the mileage by chance the shock absorbers, or by chance the brakes anyway. In a fuel car, these often come together after 5-6 years, in combination with guaranteed expensive ‘major service’ parts, such as the timing belt. This is certainly not the case with an EV.

You assume that Jan with the cap lives in a house with its own driveway.

You may assume that Jan met de Pet always lives in the Randstad. In the Northern provinces there are a lot of average Dutch people who live detached or in two hairdressers, especially if they are older than 30-40 years and therefore have not bought a house in the current time.
You also have them in the Randstad.

So you describe a number of conditions, own driveway, solar panels

These are additional tools to enough to make it more affordable. No requirements. Certainly not.
Allego (provider of charging stations in urban areas) currently charges 0.32 per kilowatt. The turning point is then of course somewhat later than with your own electricity on your own charger, but even at that electricity price you will reach that turning point within a few years, depending on your annual mileage.

affordable EV (what is affordable?) I prefer not to spend more than 15k plus trade-in old car, are they somewhere?

Zoë’s and Leafs can certainly be found for that. For a little more you have a Hyundai Ioniq, incidentally that is the car that I bought as a (modal) private person at the beginning of this year. Unfortunately, due to the lack of the subsidy, it is now outside your budget.
I fully understand that the piggy bank is the limiting factor, but for those who budget: calculate what the road tax will save over the next 2 years. And then what you save per kilometer, times the number of kilometers you drive per year. Multiply that for a few years, and add that to your budget. If you look at the TCO, EVs have been very affordable for years. Again: I understand that that is not how Jan with the Pet can look at it, but it is how you would like to look at it.

In addition, inflation is a thing. Apart from the fact that the above-mentioned EVs were even cheaper 2 years ago (occasions are now increasing in value): all cars have now become more expensive. If you always bought a 5 year old Golf with 50k miles, your costs 10 years ago were a lot lower than they are now. 10 years ago you bought a fine Audi or BMW for 15k euros, nowadays you will find at most a bare Audi/BMW with high mileage for that money. You have to weigh an EV against the alternative (probably a petrol occasion), not compared to ‘I always buy cars for an amount X’, I think. It is not the EV’s fault that wages and car prices are not in balance.

If you assume that 80% of the Netherlands has an average income (36500 gross) then I can tell you that they will not pay an EV out of their own pocket.

It is of course not the case that 80% of the Netherlands earns exactly 36500 gross.
In addition, we have many dual earners in the Netherlands, and there is a significant difference in mortgage payments per generation and therefore also in capital and therefore also in the money available for a car.

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I’m certainly not saying that EVs are for everyone. There are drawbacks and there is a mindset that you have to (want to) live with. And there are things that are actually no longer possible (200 km/h winter sports, caravan pulling) without throwing power at them. And if you don’t have a driveway, and your neighborhood only has 1 charging station, I would of course also look at it differently.

But the ‘it’s too expensive’ argument is, I think, just way too short-sighted. There are many Jan Modalen who, because of such prejudices, have never drawn up an excel.
Yes: the purchase costs are high (and it is difficult to save for that if you pay for an expensive petrol car ) but after that you save a lot of money, eventually reaching a break-even point and the EV is the cheaper solution.

[Reactie gewijzigd door Richh op 8 juli 2022 15:59]

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