The running costs for an electric vehicle have dropped more than $10,000 a year in the past five years, according to the RACQ.

The Queensland motoring group has included six electric vehicles during its annual review of the monthly and annual running costs of 81 different vehicles.

The survey measures all monthly expenses associated with normal private car ownership including loan repayments, fuel, tyres, servicing, insurance and government charges.

The survey finds the running costs of the most affordable electric vehicle on Queensland roads – MG’s ZS – is now $10,000 less than operating costs of the most affordable electric car five years ago.

Six electric vehicles were examined in the RACQ’s running costs survey, with the cheapest electric car costing $44,000 on-road, and the most expensive model $65,000.

RACQ spokeswoman Lauren Ritchie said electric vehicles were significantly more affordable but were more expensive than an average petrol car.


“The MG ZS is the cheapest EV on the market in Queensland and will set a buyer back $1086 per month to own and run,” Ms Ritchie said.

The RACQ’s on-road costs include loan repayments.

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