Opel has compared running costs of the Corsa-e and its sibling with the internal combustion engine in Germany and concludes the costs for the electric version are 30 percent lower.
In general, owners of electric vehicles can benefit from less service and maintenance, lower energy costs, incentives.
While electric cars are expensive compared with gasoline (petrol) or diesel-powered ones, they save money when it comes to running costs, and savings may be considerable.
The electric Opel Corsa‘s value is €29,900 in Germany. The Corsa with the internal combustion engine (ICE) is priced at €13,990. A large gap, indeed… But the all-electric model has noticeable advantages.
Deliveries of the Corsa-e to customers will start in spring 2020. Buyers are given an environmental bonus: half is granted by the manufacturer and half by a federal subsidy, which will grow from €4,000 to €6,000 after approval by the European Commission.
Even with comparably high energy prices in Germany, the current running costs for the Corsa-e are still about 30% less than for ICE versions.
Calculations and results
The calculation is based on an annual distance of 10,000 km (6,214 mi) in the first 4 years. Opel compares the Corsa-e with the Corsa 1.5 Diesel and the Corsa 1.2 Petrol using WLTP estimates.
- Corsa-e: 100 kW (136 hp), 330 km range (205 miles), zero CO2 emissions, energy consumption of 17 kWh per 100 km (62 mi);
- Corsa 1.5 Diesel: 75 kW (102 hp), fuel consumption of 4.5-4.0 l/100 km (52-59 mpg), 117-105 g/km CO2 combined;
- Corsa 1.2 Petrol: 74 kW (100 hp), fuel consumption of 6.2-5.8 l/100km (38-41 mpg), 140-130 g/km CO2 combined.
Result (monthly amount): €64.88 for the electric Corsa vs €111.57 for the petrol Corsa and vs €92.40 for the diesel variant.
- €64.88 consists of €42 energy cost (while tax is 0) + €22.88 service and maintenance;
- €111.57 consists of €74 fuel cost +€7.17 car tax + €30.40 service and maintenance;
- €92.40 consists of €48 fuel cost +€14 car tax + €30.40 service and maintenance.
Petrol E10: €1.43/l, diesel: €1.28/l, electricity: €0.30/kWh.
Well, the conclusion is obvious.