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Electric cars cheaper than combustion cars
In countries such as the UK, USA, Japan and China, electric vehicles are already a cheaper alternative than internal combustion vehicles when you look at the total costs of buying fuel, insurance and maintenance over four years. At present this is partially due to the fact that many countries subsidise purchases of electric vehicles, but within a few years electric vehicles will be cheaper even without these subsidies, forecast the researchers. Because subsidies for hybrid vehicles are often lower, these vehicles are usually more expensive than fully electric and diesel vehicles. The new study is published in the journal Applied Energy.