Electric vs Gas Cars


Universal repairs on structural problems with your car and maintenance on brakes and tire changes won’t be affected, but engine oil, coolant, transmission fluid, and belts are requirements that can add up for internal combustion engines.

Fuel costs

The upfront costs for an electric vehicle may typically be higher, but the fuel costs help the prices even out eventually. According to the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, in 2018, the average cost to operate an electric vehicle was $485/year, while the average cost to operate a gas-powered vehicle was $1,117/year.

Tax Credits

California offers two rebates for electric vehicles based on gross annual income or for residents and businesses in the San Joaquin Valley. Learn more here.


Electric car batteries can last anywhere from 8 to 15 years, depending on use and climate. The average battery is designed to last 8 years or 100,000 miles. The average lifespan of a new gas-powered car is approximately 15 years or 300,000 miles with proper maintenance.


According to The U.S. Department of Energy, all-electric vehicles emit about 4,100 pounds of CO2 emissions each year—gas-powered vehicles will emit approximately 11,435 pounds of CO2 emissions each year.

Energy Efficiency

The average miles per gallon for a gas-powered car is anywhere from 24.7 MPG to 45 MPG. The average miles per gallon equivalent (MPGe) for electric vehicles is as high as 100 MPGe.

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