Do Electric Cars Need an MOT?

Maybe you are considering an electric car or have already made the switch? Either way, owning and driving electric cars is very similar to traditional vehicles but there are some key differences that you need to know!

Driving electric cars means you can drive with the knowledge that you are contributing to the environment by releasing less toxic fumes. Saving money by not paying road tax and revolutionising the future of motoring.

You may wonder whether or not your electric car requires an MOT. The answer is yes. Electric cars still have to pass an MOT test every 3 years, just like any other road vehicle.

The only difference between an electric vehicle MOT test and a combustion engine MOT test is the removal of the emissions test.

Your electric vehicle will still be checked to ensure:

  • Lights are all working properly
  • Seatbelts, windscreen check for chips or cracks, windscreen wipers are in suitable working condition
  • Steering is in good working condition, each wheel spins freely, tyres legal and suspension is adequate
  • Rust check on any vital mounting points and brackets. MOT testers cannot remove any car part to check for rust meaning the aerodynamic panel underneath most electric vehicles will stay remain where it is
  • Brake pads and discs are in good condition as with any vehicle

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