Electric cars, mainly solely electric vehicles operating without a accompanying petrol, require reasonably little maintenance to the typical passenger vehicle. This is because there are fewer moving parts, a condensed number of fluids and prolonged brake wear intervals, thanks to regenerative braking.
Still, there are a few electric car maintenance items that must not be dodged, including the following essentials as outlined in your car’s manual.
Regenerative braking, a process that binds energy from the parts stored in the battery system for later use, means your brake pads will last longer than typical petrol or diesel cars. Maintenance requirements may give to twice as long as a typical vehicle.
Check the manufacturer’s guidelines for tire rotation and you should get a extensive amount of time with all four tires.
Electric cars with a thermal management system make use of coolant, just as they do in all other vehicles. From time to time you may need to add coolant, substituting the same per the vehicle’s maintenance agenda.
There is undeniably no alteration between the wiper blade care for your electric vehicle and a typical internal combustion engine car. Wiper blades should be replaced when worn, or twice annually, and a good indication would be to change them just before summer and again before winter settles in.
Besides the use of coolant in electric vehicles, two other fluids are used in your electric car: this is brake fluid and windshield washer fluid. Brake fluid should be checked and replaced by consulting your owner’s manual. Windshield fluid should be added intermittently; choose a winter blend to lower the freezing point during cold weather and a bugs blend during summer.
The one maintenance area that may cost you more than any other part described for maintenance is the electric vehicle battery system. Electric cars run off a nickel-metal-hydride, lithium-ion or similar battery pack, and these do have a limited lifecycle.
Luckily, many electric car manufacturers provide a battery drive train components warranty covering the battery pack and related components for eight years or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Electric batteries lose effectiveness over time and if the car is kept long enough the battery pack will need to be changed eventually.
If you need a garage technician to look over your electric or hybrid vehicle, you can simply insert your postcode into our homepage to find your nearest Approved Garage. There are several garages on the network that are trained to service and repair electric vehicles, with more garages taking the electric vehicle training every month.