Does an electric car actually discount twice as fast as a thermal?

According to a recent study by the largest Irish car sales website, the electric car would have a discount almost twice that of a thermal vehicle in the first 3 years. However, this varies greatly depending on the make and model.

We were talking to you yesterday about a site put online by the government which allows you to compare your current vehicle with hybrid or electric cars in order to check the savings that can be made year-round. 

Obviously impressive in terms of fuel, these savings are reduced to zero when we take into account the TCO (total cost of ownership), and for good reason: an electric car is still relatively expensive in 2019, and its discount is uncertain, even sometimes important.

In any case, this is what a study from the biggest car sales site in Ireland, DoneDeal , reveals. According to them, a vehicle loses on average twice as much percentage value over the first three years as a thermal equivalent. 

The Golf example is striking with a sale price of € 45,000 in Ireland for e-Golf, which then drops to around € 25,000 when a thermal Golf loses “only” 33% of its value, in average, at the same time.

A study to be taken with tweezers

The study is criticized in Ireland by the press on one specific point: DoneDeal is based on the starting list price, and not on the actual sale price, government bonus included (it is € 10,000 in Ireland!). Inevitably, the discount is more important. But can we really say that € 35,000 is the real price of the car? Or rather: how long will government aid in Europe last?

The other point of discussion is the weak database of electric vehicles, since the study is based on models that were on sale in 2016. At that time, the supply was reduced. It should also be added that all electric cars do not discount in the same way: it has already been shown that the Tesla keep an excellent rating over time, unlike more compact models like the Nissan Leaf or the Renault Zoe.