‘Tesla models most prone to damage’
Electric cars suffer twice as much damage as petrol or diesel cars. Besides, the costs for mending are much higher too. That is the conclusion of a Dutch study by Focwa, the sector organization of damage repair companies after analyzing figures about EVs coming into their repair shops. Why this is, they’re still trying to find out, according to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
8,8 million cars
Another remarkable fact is that one in three Tesla owners suffers damage every year. “Other car owners ‘only’ have damage once in 8,5 years,” says Brecht Grieten of Focwa. “We were surprised by these figures, and in the coming months, we will try to find some explanations.”
Today’s fleet in the Netherlands consists of about 8,8 million passenger cars. That means there are about one million damage cases every year. “But, according to our study, battery electric vehicles do not breakdown once in 8,5 years, but once every four years. And mending them is far more expensive too,” Grieten says. “This probably has to do with the technical complexity of the electric car, and the newest devices aboard.”
More damage cases
In the case of a collision, the impact also is more severe because of the weight of the electric car. And spare parts often are more expensive as well.
“So, one-quarter of all battery electric vehicles suffer yearly damage,” concludes Grieten, “but the Tesla Model S and Model X take the cake. One in three of these cars have breakdowns every year, and repair costs are extremely high too. Repair costs for a Tesla Model X easily run up to 3.000 euros or more.”
A possible explanation could be that most Teslas in the Netherlands are company cars, which are doing more kilometers on average and for which owners tend to be less careful then a car they had to pay for themselves.