Is insurance more expensive for electric vehicles?
Insurance for an electric car may cost more than insurance for a regular gas-powered car. An electric car's higher price tag and more complex equipment means it may cost more to repair or replace if it's in an accident. That can mean higher rates for policyholders who carry comprehensive and collision coverage. However, tax incentives and long-term savings on fuel and maintenance can help offset higher insurance rates.
Why do electric cars cost more to insure?
Although the gap is closing, the purchase price for most electric and hybrid cars (which feature gas- and battery-powered engines) is higher than similar gas-only models. Generally, higher-priced vehicles cost more to insure because they also cost more to repair or replace. Today's electric vehicles also have fewer moving parts than conventional automobiles, but those parts can be pricey. If the battery pack is damaged, certain safety protocols are often necessary, adding more to the repair bill. Plus, there aren't as many shops with technicians trained to fix electric vehicles versus traditional vehicles. That means those qualified facilities may charge more for repairs because of the specialized training required.
All this means potentially higher costs for insurance companies in the event of a claim involving an electric or hybrid vehicle, resulting in higher rates for electric vehicle policyholders. This additional risk has nothing to do with the driver — it's due to the technology in the car itself. However, it's important to note that, while electric vehicles are currently far from the cheapest cars to insure — as they become more commonplace, and the availability of parts and qualified repair shops grows — the cost to fix them should go down, as should electric car insurance rates.
Are there ways to reduce electric car insurance costs?
As with any auto insurance policy, you'll qualify for a better rate if you have a clean driving record, which means no at-fault accidents or moving violations. Your age and location also impact your car insurance premium.
Learn more about the factors that impact car insurance cost.
You can help offset electric car insurance costs by taking advantage of rebates at the local, state, and federal levels. You might also be eligible for a federal tax credit depending on the make and model of the vehicle. Plus, you'll save money by not having to pay for gas or the kind of maintenance a regular car needs, like oil changes (installing an at-home charging station for your EV could also save you more). Learn more about how to charge an electric car.