More research from real world testing has emerged and the news isn't good.
Battery cars cost more to run than hybrid cars an hybrid cars cost more to run that conventionally fuelled cars, but why? imagine the scenario, you are running a vehicle on a budget so what do you go for? diesel of course.
Purchase price excepted, the electric car costs more per mile to run than a petrol or diesel engine car and this is for many reasons:
Insurance costs; these are much higher to reflect both the cost of any repairs to a hybrid vehicle and even higher to reflect the risk of an electric vehicle and these aren't just costs of repair, industry experts have stated the risks of electrocution not only to emergency services personnel but to other involved in accidents would see these claims rise significantly due to death by electrocution, and these would be huge payouts.
Depreciation is much higher due to over inflated purchase prices and the finite life of the batteries and an impending legislation change requiring batteries to be disposed of by the vehicle owner and not by the supplying company, and additional anticipated burdons placed upon the owner through future legislation.
Serving costs are much higher, claims currently made are the alleged complexity of the systems in use; rubbish, an electric motor either works or it doesn't and from this we can see the manufacturers already anticipating major issues and profiting from them.
Electricity costs, with the move to smart meters the real agenda is exposed and this is that the variable tariff is coming which means they change your tariff every 30 minutes and charge you the highest rate they can get away with, holidays, peak periods, Christmas day, all charged at peak rate and every night while you charge your electric car, charged at peak rate.
In reality a hybrid or electric car is only economically viable if you put the environmental agenda (another huge scam) over cost and you can afford it.