Electric Cars – Service and Maintenance

Electric Cars - Service and Maintenance

You would expect electric cars to be more expensive to service and maintain than their petrol or diesel counterparts. However EV’s require less time in the garage and therefore have less impact on your wallet.

Which EV parts need servicing?

The EVs do not require much attention. Petrol and diesel engines have thousands of moving parts, while electric motors are fairly simple. Most units exist of not more than 20 mechanisms.

There is no oil to replace or filter for refurbishment. There is also no need to change the cambelt and water pump. The same goes for the battery which requires less maintenance because it has no moving parts. Different cells are checked for performance, and the data shows any damaged cells.

Technicians will also give a visual inspection of high voltage electrical cables. The cables are usually bright orange. These heavy-duty items are tested for damage and connections. 

On the majority of the electric cars, the transmission is essentially maintenance-free. It contains nothing more than a single reduction gear and differential. This type of gearbox is much less complex than a typical multi-ratio manual, automatic, or twin-clutch. 

The EVs also have a cooling system just like the traditional cars. The cooling system in the EVs keeps the battery at the optimum temperature, no matter how hard the motor is working or the outside temperature. 

The rest of the EV is largely similar to a vehicle with a normal internal combustion engine. This means it will receive equal attention. The steering gears and suspension will be checked whereas the condition of the tires will be assessed with extra mass of EV and instant torque delivery.

Finally, the ventilation and heating system will be evaluated and, in most cases, the cabin air filter is changed. 

Interval of Electric car service

Despite having fewer moving parts, EVs typically follow the same service intervals as their internal combustion counterparts. Safety-related items such as brakes, suspension, and tires require monitoring. It would be foolish to leave large gaps between professional mechanical fettling.

Like diesel or petrol cars, there will be many exclusions and exemptions in terms of service. Any consumables that need replacing, such as tires or brake pads, will have to be paid on top of the original service cost.

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