... but if you've never had your transmission flushed, or your timing belt changed (which is expensive) you are living/driving on borrowed time.
Most vehicles come with a Timing Chain, which lasts 200,000+ miles ... the effective life of the vehicle. I've been doing my own vehicle maintenance for 30+ years, and I've never changed a Timing Chain! My Mitsubishi had a Timing Belt that I changed at 105,000 miles, and then I drove it to 255,000 miles on that same replacement Belt! Transmission fluids only need to be "changed" every 30,000 miles (two years) ... and this is just what comes out of the drain hole (5 quarts). You don't have to flush the whole thing out! Don't get blinded by "Maintenance Schedules" published by the Manufacturers! Those schedules are self-serving!
As far as EVs being less expensive to maintain ... the jury is surely still out on that one! For starters, you're going to pay more up-front (about $8,000 more) than the equivalent-sized ICE vehicle (and that's how the comparison is done .. by vehicle size)
. So you're in the hole right out of the gate. Then, you slowly dig yourself out of the hole by saving on fuel costs and maintenance. Once you break even and start to come out ahead, how much longer will the EV last (compared to the ICE vehicle)? If it's gone sooner
than the equivalent ICE vehicle, then that's a back-end cost that needs to be added back in (because you'll be buying another vehicle sooner than you otherwise would have). If it's suffered some kind of Battery failure (doesn't have to be the entire
Battery ... just a cell or two taking the entire Battery down after the Warranty expires
) ... then you've got the equivalent of an ICE engine replacement!).
Everyone here harps on all the savings they're enjoying on the front-end
of EV ownership ... and nobody wants to talk about the back-end costs. I'm sure it's because "Hey ... I change cars like I change my underwear! The back-end costs will be someone else's problem!". But it still counts ... because we're comparing lifetime costs of the EV versus lifetime costs of the equivalent ICE vehicle here!