Electric cars have already become the most popular form of transportation, but they still cost significantly more than gasoline cars.
Now a new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) claims that electric cars are nearly twice as expensive to build than gasoline-powered vehicles.
In a new paper, researchers from the NHTSA and University of Michigan estimated that an electric car costs $25,958 for the vehicle’s basic features and $27,914 for the cost of battery storage.
These numbers are about $4,500 more expensive than a gas car, but the researchers also estimate that an EV can be driven safely and reliably for up to 100,000 miles.
“If you drive an electric vehicle for 10,000 or even 25,000 kilometers per year, you can expect a cost savings of $2,000 per mile,” the NHDSA said in a statement.NHTsa is the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) agency that oversees the nation’s air traffic control system, and it’s a body that is often tasked with providing policy advice on transportation technology.
It has also come under fire for its policies around emissions of harmful chemicals, and its stance on autonomous vehicles.
The NHTsa report was released in response to the recent spate of deadly crashes involving electric vehicles, which were caused by people or vehicles not wearing helmets or using emergency braking.
The crash in May of 2016 killed 15 people and injured more than a hundred.
The car was driven by a man who had been drinking and using an air bag, but there were no signs of a collision.