With fewer moving parts in an electric car, it’s no surprise that for many drivers, less maintenance to worry about is one of the biggest benefits of switching to one. If you are thinking of getting an electric vehicle for your next car, then you might be thrilled to hear that things like oil changes are going to stay in the past. That being said, there are still maintenance jobs that you will need to do to ensure that your electric car remains in good condition and lasts for a long time.
Here are some of the main parts of an electric car that need regular maintenance and care to stay in good condition and work well.
The battery is one of, if not the most expensive part of the electric vehicle and replacing the battery can be a hugely expensive task. The good news is that as long as you take care of the battery properly, then it’s likely to outlive all the other components of the vehicle.
With the right maintenance and care, EV batteries are designed to last a long time and the technology is only getting better. Battery maintenance should always be performed by a trained professional, as it is sealed for safety reasons and can be very dangerous to try and work on yourself if you don’t have the know-how. That being said, there are some things that you can do to keep your battery in better condition, such as paying attention to electric car charging.
When charging an electric car, it’s wise to never let the battery run completely flat, and never charge to 100%. You can find more information on electric car charging including tips on battery maintenance, information on getting a home charger installed, and how long it takes to charge an EV at LV Electrix. LV Electrix provides a comprehensive resource for anybody considering making the switch to an EV. Take the quiz to see if an EV is right for you.
Another important component of any car is the brakes, and your electric vehicle is no different. However, the way that your EV’s braking system works is slightly different to that of a standard combustion engine vehicle. Electric cars generally use regenerative braking rather than friction brakes. Because of this, there are generally fewer maintenance requirements for the braking system as there is less wear and tear on the brake pads and discs. However, it’s important to keep an eye on this and make sure that worn brake pads are replaced as soon as possible. You should also make sure that the other brake system components and the brake fluid are regularly inspected.
Compared to traditional combustion engine vehicles that heat the car by drawing the heat from the engine, electric cars will use either a heat pump or resistance heater for this purpose. Cooling the vehicle works in a similar way, with electric cars fitted with an air conditioning compressor. Less maintenance is usually required on the climate control system compared to a traditional car; however, regular checks and filter replacements are needed.
Electric vehicles are similar to traditional combustion engine cars in that they have an extensive wheel and tyre system. Depending on the electric car that you choose to drive, you may need to purchase specially designed tyres. Maintaining the proper tyre tread depth and pressure is even more important for electric cars, as they have instant torque and are generally heavier in weight compared to traditional combustion engine cars. Making sure that tyres are regularly inspected, along with sticking to a schedule for keeping them properly inflated and rotating them on a regular basis is key.
Since electric cars are run on electronics, making sure that the electronics are kept up to date is one of the most important maintenance tasks to do when you drive an electric vehicle. Making sure that software and firmware is updated when needed will make sure that you are able to get access to new features, improve the car’s efficiency, and boost electronic security.
Depending on your vehicle, there are several ways to conduct these updates. Some manufacturers require that you are within range of a Wi-Fi network to conduct the upgrade, others will require you to visit the dealership, and some offer updates over the air like other digital devices.
The good news is that electric motors are quite simple and are unlikely to need replacing throughout the car’s lifetime, unlike the motor in a standard combustion engine car. For the majority of electric cars, the motor is a single, multi-speed option with no transmission to shift the car between different gears. This means that there is no transmission fluid to worry about, unlike with a traditional petrol or diesel-powered car.
While electric cars might be known for being easier to maintain compared to traditional petrol or diesel vehicles, it’s important to understand what kind of maintenance you’ll need to do to keep your car in the best condition if you are thinking of making the switch.