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Dive deep into the world of electric car insurance. Understand why it is pricier than traditional car insurance and discover the factors influencing the cost.

The transition to electric vehicles (EVs) represents a pivotal shift in automotive technology and environmental consciousness. However, with this shift comes a new consideration for potential EV owners: the cost of insurance. Are electric cars a financial dream come true or a potential nightmare when it comes to insurance premiums? This is a question we at felt compelled to explore.

Headlines vs. Reality

The buzz around EV insurance costs has been growing, with some reports suggesting that insuring an electric car could be significantly more expensive than traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. But how much of this is based on fact, and how much is media hype?

A Comparative Study

To get to the bottom of this, we delved into a recent study that compared insurance costs for both EVs and ICE cars. The study focused on three popular models in their electric and petrol/diesel variants: the Vauxhall Corsa, MG ZS, and BMW X3. By averaging the five cheapest insurance quotes from for each model, the study aimed to provide a balanced view of the insurance landscape.

Findings That Challenge Perceptions

The results were enlightening. While it's true that EV insurance is generally more expensive, the gap isn't as wide as one might think. Interestingly, for one of the driver profiles in the study, an EV was actually cheaper to insure. For instance, the MG ZS EV's insurance premium was only 10.4% higher than its petrol counterpart, and the electric BMW iX3 was 20% pricier than the diesel version.

The Tesla Factor

A significant discovery was the impact of high-end electric vehicles like Teslas on the overall insurance costs for EVs. Many insurers are hesitant to cover models like the Tesla due to their high placement in insurance groups, leading to premiums comparable to luxury sports cars.

Expert Insights

Louise Thomas from sheds light on this issue, pointing out that the smaller number of insurers for EVs leads to less competitive pricing. Furthermore, factors like faster acceleration and expensive repairs associated with EVs add to the higher risk and cost for insurers.

The Comprehensive Comparison

We’ve put together a table to give you a clearer picture of the insurance costs for the different car models and driver profiles:

Driver Profile Vauxhall Corsa 1.2T (ICE) Vauxhall Corsa Electric MG ZS 1.0T (ICE) MG ZS EV BMW X3 (ICE) BMW iX3 (EV) Audi A4 (ICE) Tesla Model 3 (EV)
Female (28), Teacher, Plymouth £479 £537 £522 £617 £1,023 £1,232 £974 £1,193
Male (46), Accountant, Colchester £493 £554 £522 £596 £888 £1,002 £1,022 £2,427
Male (65), Retired Director, Middlesborough £310 £404 £368 £348 £812 £1,037 £636 £1,314

A Balancing Act

This study suggests that while EVs may come with higher insurance costs, the situation isn't as alarming as some headlines might have you believe. The industry is still adjusting to the EV revolution, and as it does, we can expect more competitive insurance options to emerge.

For a deeper dive into the nuances of this topic, the original article on High Gear provides an in-depth look at the insurance landscape for electric vehicles.

At, we're committed to keeping you informed about the evolving world of EVs. Stay tuned for more insights and updates in this exciting area!

A lifestyle writer, Dorothy Lewis explores topics related to home living and sustainability, often incorporating tips for eco-friendly choices.

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