While green vehicles – electric vehicles, hybrids and plug-in hybrids – are typically more expensive to insure than their gas-powered counterparts, it’s not a hard-and-fast rule. However, high-end sport EVs and hybrids can be very expensive to insure – a high sticker price, expensive repair costs and a big battery under the hood almost always result in expensive insurance.
In the spring of 2023, CarInsurance.com surveyed drivers nationwide, asking them about their thoughts on electric vehicles, car insurance, inflation and more. In the survey, 21% of drivers said they are considering the purchase of an EV. Climate change anxiety is the main reason 27% of drivers would buy an EV, with 11% saying that tax incentives could induce them to purchase an electric car.
If you’re curious about which hybrids and electric cars garner the most expensive car insurance, keep reading.
- EVs and hybrids are usually more expensive to insure than gas-powered vehicles because they typically have higher sticker prices, more expensive repairs and an expensive battery.
- Insurance premiums can vary dramatically for electric vehicles and hybrids. Shopping regularly for car insurance will ensure you are not overpaying for coverage.
- It is still possible to get significant tax rebates when purchasing a green vehicle – depending on which one you want – which can help offset your insurance cost.
- What are the most expensive hybrids to insure?
- What’s the most expensive car insurance for an electric vehicle?
- Priciest car insurance for green vs. gas-powered vehicles
- What are the most expensive companies for green vehicles?
- Why do green vehicles cost more to insure?
- FAQ: The most expensive EVs and hybrids to insure
- Final thoughts on car insurance for EVs and hybrids
- Resources & Methodology
What are the most expensive hybrids to insure?
Hybrids and EVs tend to be more expensive to insure than gasoline-powered vehicles. The cost to insure a hybrid will vary dramatically depending on the car and your risk factors. Insurers consider a variety of factors, including the sticker price of the car, safety features, repair costs and the type of vehicle.
Sports cars are always more expensive to insure – they tend to have large motors, high top speeds and are often driven by more risk-prone drivers — the five most expensive hybrids to insure comprise high-end sports cars, with Audi in the three top spots.
Here are the top five most expensive hybrids to insure:
- Audi RS6 Avant Quattro: $3,922
- Porsche Panamera: $3,855
- Acura NSX Type S: $3,626
- Audi RS7 Quattro: $3,534
- Audi S7 2.9T Quattro: $3,237
The most expensive to insure hybrid, the Audi RS6 Avant Quattro, has a sticker price that starts at $117,000 and is available with a V8 that will crank out 591 horsepower and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 3.3 seconds. All of that power and the high sticker price leads to expensive insurance.
Insurers are on the hook to replace your vehicle if a covered peril destroys it, so a high sticker price will always push up your insurance costs. And since a hybrid has a gas engine and an electric motor, the vehicle and repair costs tend to be higher than a gas-powered vehicle.
What’s the most expensive car insurance for an electric vehicle?
Electric cars are even more expensive to insure than hybrids, with the most expensive on our list costing $4,150 a year for car insurance. Like hybrids, the most expensive electric vehicles to insure are sports cars with big engines, high sticker prices and high top speeds.
“Car insurance is more expensive for EVs because EV vehicles cost more than gas-powered vehicles and have higher repair and replacement costs for damaged parts. Hybrid vehicles have the same issue. Due to the vehicle being more expensive to repair, the insurance will inevitably be more,” says Nadia Bical, vice president at Bical Auto Mall in New York.
The Audi RS E-Tron GT starts at $143,445 has 590 horses under the hood, will hit 60 mph in 2.9 seconds and flies through a quarter mile in 11.0 seconds flat, hitting 127 mph. Its restricted top speed is 156 mph, and these factors lead to costly car insurance.
Tesla is a pricey choice of vehicle as it landed in three of the top five spots for the most-expensive EVs to insure. The Porsche Taycan Turbo S, which shares a motor and transmission with the Audi RS E-Tron GT, rounds out the top five.
Here are the top five most expensive electric vehicles to insure, according to 2022 data:
- Audi RS: $4,150
- Tesla Model S Plaid: $4,115
- Porsche Taycan Turbo S: $4,028
- Tesla Model S Long Range: $3,503
- Tesla Model X Plaid: $3,385
Priciest car insurance for green vs. gas-powered vehicles
Usually, an electric car or a hybrid will be more expensive to insure than a gas-powered version – but not always. EVs and hybrids typically have higher insurance rates because they come with a higher sticker price – they are more expensive to repair and, particularly with electric vehicles, the big expensive battery under the hood pushes up rates.
The premium difference will vary depending on the vehicle and personal risk factors.
Below is an example that highlights the rate differences between an EV and its gas-powered counterpart:
- Gasoline-powered Ford F-150: $1,671
- Electric Ford F-150: $1,792
Hybrid vs. a gas-powered vehicle
- Gasoline-powered Ford Escape: $1,453
- Hybrid Ford Escape: $1,487
What are the most expensive companies for green vehicles?
Like gas-powered cars, the cheapest insurance company for a green vehicle will vary depending on the vehicle and various other factors. Insurance companies use proprietary algorithms to set rates, so premium quotes will vary depending on personal risk factors and the exact vehicle.
When we ran the numbers on hundreds of green vehicles, our data showed huge differences in premium quotes for the same vehicle.
Take a look at the differences in premiums for the EVs and hybrids on our list with the most-expensive insurance:
The numbers highlight how dramatically the premiums can vary between insurers. The Audi E-Tron’s most expensive premium (Allstate) is 95% more than the lowest premium (State Farm).
Interestingly, the difference in premiums for a hybrid is even more dramatic than the EV. The most expensive policy (Allstate) is 301% more than the lowest premium (Progressive).
The staggering difference in premiums clearly shows that shopping your coverage regularly is one of the best ways to lower your insurance costs – do it once a year, get quotes from at least five insurers and make sure you are comparing apples to apples when it comes to coverage levels and deductibles.
Why do green vehicles cost more to insure?
In most cases, it’s more expensive to insure an electric or hybrid car than a similar conventional vehicle. Electric vehicles and hybrids are more expensive to insure for various reasons.
“In many cases, electric vehicles are more expensive to purchase and repair than their gas-powered counterparts. These high repair costs are reflected in insurance premiums for the car. Ultimately, it would cost the insurance company more to replace or repair an electric vehicle and that difference can get passed on to the consumer, resulting in higher rates, says Ian Lang, senior car advice editor with Bumper.com
Here are a few different factors that push up the cost of insuring an electric vehicle or hybrid:
- Big battery: The big battery under the hood pushes up the insurance cost because it is costly to replace if the car is in an accident. Even a minor accident can damage the battery, and if it needs to be replaced, it can cost more than $15,000, so insurers charge a higher premium to cover that risk.
- Technology: EVs and hybrids are usually loaded with technology, high-end electronics and advanced safety features, which are always expensive to repair. High repair costs will almost always push up the cost of insurance.
- Sticker price: Electric vehicles and hybrids tend to have a higher purchase price than gas-powered vehicles, which results in a higher insurance premium. Your insurer will have to cover the cost of replacing your car if a covered peril destroys it, so the higher the purchase price, the higher your premium.
FAQ: The most expensive EVs and hybrids to insure
Do electric vehicles cost more to insure?
While it varies by vehicle, it will usually cost more to insure an electric vehicle when compared to similar gas-powered vehicles. This is because EVs have expensive batteries, are loaded with technology and have a high sticker price, all factors that lead to pricey car insurance.
How can I find affordable car insurance for my electric vehicle?
Finding the most affordable insurance for an electric vehicle is no different than shopping for a gas-powered car.
Here are a few tips for finding an affordable policy:
- Shop around: Insurers rate risk differently, which can result in dramatic differences in premium quotes. Shop your coverage yearly and get quotes from at least five insurers. Always compare apples to apples when it comes to coverage levels and deductibles.
- Discounts: Insurance companies offer tons of discounts, so ask your agent to do a discount review to ensure that all available discounts are applied to your policy.
- Increase your deductible: You should see significant savings if you can double your deductible. Always choose a deductible you can easily afford if you have to make a claim.
Can I get a tax credit if I buy an EV?
Yes, many federal and state tax credits exist for drivers who purchase EVs. The credit can vary by the state you live in and the electric vehicle you buy. Tax credits can be significant – the federal credit is currently $7,500, so ensure you get every credit you qualify for.
Check the Alternative Fuels Data Center for information regarding state and federal tax credits for EVs, hybrids and other alternative fuel vehicles.
Which EV is the most expensive to insure?
EVs are typically more expensive to insure than gas-powered vehicles and even hybrids. The big battery under the hood is one major factor pushing the insurance cost. The batteries that power EVs are extremely expensive, they can easily run $15,000 to replace and insurers have to factor this cost into their premium.
In addition, EVs often require specialized technicians to repair them, pushing up the cost of repairs and leading to higher insurance premiums.
Regarding costly insurance premiums, the Audi RS grabbed the top spot. This electric beauty costs $4,150 a year to insure. Tesla grabbed second place with the Model S Plaid, which costs $4,115 to insure.
The rest of the top five comprises the Porsche Taycan Turbo and two other Teslas.
What are the benefits of buying an EV or hybrid?
Electric vehicles and hybrids offer a variety of benefits. In addition to helping the environment, green vehicles come with fewer maintenance requirements and in most cases are cheaper to operate than gas-powered vehicles.
“Electric vehicles and hybrid cars have very few moving parts and don’t require as much maintenance as gasoline-powered vehicles, saving consumers’ time with oil changes, fuel filters and more. Also, electric vehicles are much better for the environment, as they have no gasoline and produce no tailpipe emissions,” says Bical.
Final thoughts on car insurance for EVs and hybrids
Green vehicles are becoming more common on the road as consumers switch to EVs and hybrids. Even though green vehicles can be more expensive to insure, some customers are willing to offset their carbon emissions for a slightly higher insurance cost.
However, when it comes to high-end sports EVs and hybrids (just like their gas-powered counterparts) you can expect pricey premiums. Big engines, massive top speeds and expensive repair costs all lead to premiums that are higher than average.
Make sure to shop your coverage regularly – there can be dramatic differences in premium quotes with some insurers charging more than double that of their competitors for green vehicles.
Resources & Methodology
EERE. “Alternative Fuels Data Center.” Accessed January 2023.
Bumper. “Know your car’s estimated value.” Accessed January 2023.
CarInsurance.com commissioned Quadrant Information Services to pull rates in 2022 for a 40-year-old single male driver with full coverage (100/300/50 and a $500 deductible), a good driving record. CarInsurance.com commissioned survey company Slice to survey drivers nationwide in 2023 about their driving habits, favorite driving songs, the best roads and DMVs, inflation and attitudes about car insurance. The survey was conducted March 24 – April 4, 2023. There were 2,300 respondents.