"All-electric" EVs are not all-purpose vehicles, but vehicles that are specialised for a specific usage.
Their choice must necessarily be anticipated in this aspect, as there is a limited performance/features focus; while they are highly competitive in these areas.
Silence is complete when at stop. Only a slight whistling sound from the motor transmission can be heard when starting up, and then only slightly at a stabilised speed. There is no noise when slowing down, only a very slight sound of the brake, even when the vehicle activates the electric motor brake to recover energy.
EVs are ever so tranquil when driving, and logically cause fewer accidents then engine-powered vehicles, which entitles them to special conditions on the part of insurance companies.
EVs are without a doubt the ideal vehicles for environment-friendly areas, such as city centres, closed sites such as ports and airports, anywhere where silent operation, limited speed, short distances and zero pollution are the key factors to success.
Energy consumption is highly reduced. When used during night-time charges, it is important to remember that, according to the vehicle's power, the cost can vary from 0.8 to 2 Euros/100km at peak hours and 0.5 to 1.15 Euros/100km at "off-peak hours". In comparison, a petrol/diesel vehicle consumes 7 litres/100km of fuel for the same distance, from 8 Euros (diesel at 1.15 Euros/litre) to 9.45 Euros (unleaded Petrol at 1.35 Euro/litre).
Maintenance is down to a minimum, as regards the control of tyres, brake pads, windshields wipers; and the motors require no maintenance, as they have been designed for a life cycle of several hundreds of thousands kilometres. The life cycle of new-generation batteries reach or exceed 2,000 charge cycles. assuming that the battery pack has been sized to travel 100km on one charge, a realistic figure, given current technology, pack replacement must be made around 200,000km.
What needs to be maintained?
The shock absorbers: Whatever the energy used to make the vehicle run, there is always a need for shock absorbers.
The brakes: They are solicited less often, as an EV recovers kinetic energy from the motor. Driving seems to be anticipated. We therefore brake much less often! (With about 50% less wear of the brake pads compared to a petrol/diesel model).
The transmission: it needs oil, even when there is no gear box (gear motor), with an oil change every 50 to 60,000km.
The tyres: Driving is smoother and more regular; they are less solicited, power consistent, which makes it difficult to wear the tires when accelerating, as there is no clutch (for about 50% less wear).