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Turns Out The Citroen C-Zero Is The Most Affordable EV To Maintain In Europe

Although the electric BMW i3 seems to have the best maintenance schedule, Britain’s most affordable electric vehicle is the Citroen C-Zero, according to automotive data specialist HPI.

Although the electric BMW i3 seems to have the best maintenance schedule, Britain’s most affordable electric vehicle is the Citroen C-Zero, according to automotive data specialist HPI.

The lack of clear electric vehicle (EV) maintenance information is confusing for new drivers. Many people understand that EVs requires little to no maintenance, but this is certainly not something the majority of the population understands. Early EV drivers have stories of only changing brake pads and windshield wipers in the first 70,000 miles, but how many people looked for a used car have heard such stories?

Carmakers don’t like to talk much about EV maintenance since, technically, there is often no reason for any in the first 100,000 miles. That’s not to say there are no costs, though. Understandably, Tesla decided to charge for yearly check-ups to check out its new package of technology in the automotive world. Today, all EVs come with some form of the maintenance schedule.

So, when FleetNews reported that the Citroen C-Zero is “the cheapest used electric vehicle to run,” we felt that was something the company would want to brag about. After all, who wouldn’t want to sell a car with little to no maintenance?

HPI is the organization that named the Citroen C-Zero the most affordable used electric vehicle to run (in the UK), but not only — the examination also included hybrids on Britain’s roads. In total, HPI noted that electric cars and hybrids more than doubled last year from 20,522 to 45,236.

The analysis of lowest running costs includes monthly running costs, cost per mile, service and maintenance, depreciation, and insurance to calculate a total cost of motoring. HPI found the Citroen C-Zero came out on top at £410 monthly, followed by the Peugeot iOn hatchback at £413 and the Volkswagen e-Up at £526.

Although the Citroen C-Zero is an old car, the new electric Mehari could be just what the doctor ordered — a seriously fun EV.

Ultimately, until carmakers find a new business model to make EVs, we’ll have to look for more affordable EVs like the Citroen C-Zero.

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Nicolas was born and raised around classic cars of the 1920s, but it wasn't until he drove an AC Propulsion eBox and a Tesla Roadster that the light went on. Ever since he has produced green mobility content on various CleanTech outlets since 2007 and found his home on CleanTechnica. He grew up in an international environment and his communication passion led to cover electric vehicles, autonomous vehicles, renewable energy, test drives, podcasts, shoot pictures, and film for various international outlets in print and online. Nicolas offers an in-depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he has forged in those industries. His favorite taglines are: "There are more solutions than obstacles." and "Yesterday's Future Now"


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