The facts (long):
In the past, electric cars cost significantly more than comparable gasoline or diesel cars. With the introduction of the ID.3, the tide is turning. For the first time, the electric car is now fully competitive in terms of cost and can compete with comparable combustion engine models. Thanks to the new environmental bonus in Germany, e-car drivers can now even make significant savings compared with the internal combustion engine models. The price no longer works against the e-car, but rather for it.
A calculation example with the Volkswagen ID.3: the basic model costs less than 30,000 euros. Once the maximum environmental bonus of €6,570 is deducted, the purchase price for the basic version of the ID.3 is therefore less than 23,430 euros. It is therefore significantly less expensive than comparable combustion engine models such as the Golf Life 1.5l TSI with 130 hp (26,640 euros) and the Golf Life 2.0l TDI with 115 hp (28,105 euros). Even an ID.3 with a range of 420 kilometers costs less than 28,430 euros after the deduction of the environmental bonus and is thus on a par with a diesel.
On top of this: During the usage phase, drivers of the ID.3 save a further 70 euros per month compared to internal combustion engine models. Among other things, the lower energy costs, the non-payable vehicle tax and better insurance class ensure the noticeable price advantage. ID.3 owners do not need to worry about the residual value either: The residual value should be similar to that of a combustion engine. The used car market is already showing increasing demand for battery vehicles suitable for everyday use. The 8-year battery warranty or 160,000 km offers additional protection. The bottom line is that the ID.3 performs just as well or even better than a comparable internal combustion engine in terms of overall costs, depending on the model variant.