As the electric vehicle marketplace becomes increasingly affordable and accessible, buying an EV is now a very attractive prospect. Before making a purchase, though, several issues must be considered, including maintenance and servicing.
Whether buying a new or used electric car, the following advice will help you make more calculated decisions as an EV driver.
Debunking the myth of EV maintenance
Given that an electric vehicle utilises the latest automotive technology, many people assume that the maintenance requirements will be more difficult and expensive.
On the contrary, an electric car has far fewer mechanical components. As such, you should find that keeping the car in good health is less hassle than a traditional internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicle, especially when you implement regular servicing to stay on top of minor faults.
On the other hand, though, people that assume maintenance isn’t required are wrong too. While working with EV motors is easier than an ICE engine, other EV components will need attention from time to time.
How to keep your electric car maintenance under control
An EV motor usually has around a dozen components, while it also avoids the need for oil changes and filters. It has undoubtedly been one of the key reasons why the UK’s EV market has soared to over half a million units. Nevertheless, motors and batteries will experience some wear and tear, which is why service intervals should be around one year apart. A quick diagnostics can identify faults before they escalate.
It includes replacing any individual cells that may have become faulty, while also checking out the high voltage electrical cable for loose connections or wear and tear. The other parts of your electric vehicle that will need servicing include;
- The tyres – for tread as well as air pressure. They will need replacing after around 25,000 miles, which is roughly the same estimate as a standard car.
- Coolants – this includes the oil used within the cooling systems. They are responsible for maintaining the motor and battery temperatures.
- Brakes – regenerative braking can help the brake pads last longer, but they should be inspected for signs of damage over time.
- Suspension – EVs are heavy and can put added strain on the springs and other suspension elements.
- Miscellaneous – windscreens, seatbelts, and other items can suffer damage over time. Servicing ensures timely repairs.
Generally speaking, electric vehicle servicing can be completed far quicker than ICE cars, while most of the repairs should be minor issues too. You can improve your chances of avoiding major repairs by implementing one-year service intervals (or when you notice signs of a problem) while simultaneously investing in good ongoing EV care. The batteries, for example, can work for up to 20 years when you charge them correctly.
EV maintenance made easier than you ever thought possible
When booking your EV in for a service, though, the key is to work with a mechanic or company that understands electric vehicles. While the maintenance needs may be reduced, it is important that your expert knows the issues to look out for. Otherwise, you could face a nightmare later down the line.
To find out more about EV maintenance before buying a vehicle, or book your current electric car in for a service, call CT Cars at 01483 285792 today.