EVs depreciate more quickly than petrol cars, research shows

Electric Vehicles

The value of electric vehicles is depreciating at twice the rate of petrol cars – with EVs
losing more than half their value in just three years.

The study, commissioned by used car buying service ChooseMyCar.com, shows that EVs on average will lose 51 percent of their purchase value from 2020 to 2023, compared to just 37 percent for petrol vehicles. This equates to a loss of £15,220 loss for EV owners, while petrol vehicles lose £9,901.

The research used a comparison of new car prices in 2020 against their value now. The 2023 value is based on the average price of cars listed by private sellers or car dealers. ChooseMyCar.com also compared popular car buying websites to look at a buy now price. 

Clearly, the higher the original purchase, the bigger the loss, with the Tesla S model losing an enormous £25,000 in value in just three years. But even the entry-level vehicles, such as the Nissan Leaf, are seeing losses of £13,000. In fact, the entry level cars are often seeing larger percentage decreases in their value, with the Hyndai Ionic losing 67 percent of its worth, according to ChooseMyCar.com. 

Partly, this is due to a market correction that has seen new EVs lower their initial purchase price, but the trend of higher rates of depreciation is expected to continue, according to market experts. 

EVs with the biggest depreciation are:

  • Hyundai ionic – drop of 67% 

  • BMW i3 – drop of 64%

  • Renault Zoe – drop of 61%

  • Nissan Leaf – drop of 58%

  • VW ID3 – drop of 55%

  • Tesla model S – drop of 46%

  • Tesla 3 – drop of 43%

Says Founder of ChooseMyCar.com, Nick Zapolski:

“Our research shows yet another blow for EV owners, on top of many other issues that have come to light recently.

“Not only are the EVs themselves not holding value, but the price of electricity itself has also zoomed up, meaning running the cars is not as economical as it once was. Home charge points are expensive to install (if you even had the necessary driveway to allow that) and there has been uproar about the availability and reliability of public charge points. 

“On top of that, recent decisions made by the Government mean that some of the initial incentives to encourage EV ownership are being discontinued, such as lower tax and free entry into ULEZ zones.

“The Government really needs to take action if it wants to continue to push the idea of EVs onto the consumer, as currently the cons of EV ownership threaten to outweigh the pros.”

Full research and data can be seen here https://choosemycar.com/resources/buying-and-selling-tips/ev-drop 

Chris Price
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