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Servicing An EV vs ICE vehicles

EV’s are growing in popularity across the UK as drivers move ahead of the impending ban on the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles in 2030 (UK). With this popularity comes change and mechanics and garages across the UK and beyond are retraining and offering services to accommodate the electric vehicle market.

EVs typically cost less to maintain than petrol and diesel cars as they don’t need components like spark plugs, belts, or transmissions that normally degrade with time. EV’s have less moving parts in the engine that will need to be maintained or replaced and do not have parts such as exhaust systems, mufflers and catalytic converters. 

The lower maintenance costs for electric vehicles compared to internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles is one of the cost benefits of an EV that is often overlooked. Even though electric vehicles (EVs) require less maintenance than your average diesel and petrol vehicle, there are still some crucial check-ups you should be aware of. As the maintenance is straight forward we have put together a general list of EV maintenance requirements.

Servicing
Compared to petrol or diesel automobiles, the majority of electric vehicles require far less periodic servicing.  The Renault Zoe, for example, has a recommended service interval of 18,000 miles as opposed to 9,000 miles for its petrol vehicles. Different makes and models may have different requirements when it comes to servicing so it always best to check with the manufacturer.

Batteries and motors 
These require very little upkeep. You should only need to stick to the manufacturer’s advised maintenance schedule.

Coolant and oil
An EV’s gearbox uses oil, and the batteries are chilled by coolant. Both of these need to be topped off or changed far less frequently than an ICE vehicle.

Brakes
Because EVs use regenerative braking, brake disc and pad wear is significantly decreased and replacing them should not be as frequent.

Tyres 
Compared to combustion-engine vehicles, EV’s tend to be heavier because of the weight of the batteries. Additionally, their immediate torque might hasten tyre wear, but this is a disadvantage that should be less prevalent as battery technology improves and batteries become lighter.

Suspension
The added weight of electric vehicles can cause springs and dampers to wear down, similar to the effect on tyres. Don’t worry, though; these will be examined as part of any full service.

Battery replacement
Long-term care of an EV battery might delay the need for costly battery replacements, which is a common concern among potential customers. However, the majority of manufacturers  provide their EV batteries with lengthy warranties, sometimes covering them for up to 100,000 miles. Customers who are ready to sell their electric vehicles before the warranty expires may be able to avoid what would otherwise be excessively expensive.

Image Source: Green Car Reports

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