What to know about electric vehicle (EV) maintenance

Would you be surprised to learn that EV maintenance is simple when compared with the maintenance of a regular vehicle.

Why? There are fewer moving parts, so there’s far less to worry about. And the pros to this are that EV servicing and maintenance is much easier and more cost-effective. What a great bonus for those looking to switch to an EV, or for those businesses with a fleet of EVs.

So, a normal combustion car has an engine, a radiator, pistons, spark plugs, fuel pumps, cooling systems, exhaust system and cam belt, just to get us started. Cars like these have hundreds and hundreds of working parts that means a lot can go wrong and need to be replaced over the car’s lifetime. When compared with an EV, there are a lot less parts, which means it has a lot less to wear out, so maintenance costs can be as much as 50% less.

All electric cars have some form of regenerative braking, which means that the electric motor used to slow the vehicle down, also puts some electricity back into the battery. Which means that braking is more efficient and creates less wear and tear on the brakes. Ok, so your brake discs and pads will still need maintaining but this will need to be done less often, saving you money.

Simpler powertrains and no need for oil changes in EVs means that, while maintenance repairs that are needed on an EV can be in a similar cost range as a normal car, they are needed far less frequently. Research has also shown that an EV is at least 30% less to service and maintain than a standard car. Don’t forget – this depends on the model of the car you have and how you drive it.

Tyres are the one consistent item of hardware that is comparable between the two types of cars. No matter how your car is powered, tyres will still need to be changed regularly.

And that pretty much sums it up – your EV will still need TLC but not as much, and therefore not as heavy on your pocket as a standard car. What to know more about other EV car costs, then check out our insurance article.