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December 2019

The ins and outs of an electric car service are not as well-known as that of an ICE (internal combustion engine) because the requirements are quite different. The question is: what kind of maintenance does a standard electric vehicle need, and who can offer it? What do you need to worry about giving out on you?

We break down the maintenance needs of an electric vehicle in this blog post—both EV and PHEV—and discuss how they differ from your typical gasoline-powered vehicle.

<H2> General Maintenance Needs of an Electric Vehicle </H2>

The motor beneath the bonnet of an electric car is the component that is going to cost you the least amount of money to maintain. Pure electric motors have few moving parts, unlike ICE motors, so they tend to last for a very long time with no issues. They are also not subjected to the stress of enduring constant explosions, which is how ICE motors are powered. Therefore, maintenance for a pure electric vehicle is just one third of an ICE vehicle.

Electric vehicles, BEV and PHEV alike, should be serviced once every twelve months or once every 10,000 kilometres, whichever one occurs first. Hybrids need both their electric and ICE components serviced to be qualified as road-safe, which can get pricey quickly. In this aspect, electric vehicles are preferable to own.

Aside from engine and motor servicing, the maintenance schedules for ICE and electric vehicles are identical:

  1. Tyres
  2. Brakes
  3. Lights
  4. Wipers
  5. Electronic computer system
  6. Suspension
  7. Cabin filter

Let’s Talk About the Battery

The biggest concern for any electric car owner is the lithium-ion battery powering the car. Over the course of their lifetime, lithium-ion batteries will gradually wear down in terms of their charging capacity, and will eventually need replacing. This is often cited as a concern for those on the hunt for a second-hand electric car.

The great thing is these batteries last for an incredibly long time without any degradation in their capacity, and are able to hold their charge well for years after the initial purchase. High-end electric vehicle brands like Tesla guarantee their customers that the battery will show no signs of flagging up to 100,000 miles (almost 170,000 kilometres).

Even the more accessible models, such as the Nissan Leaf, hold up extremely well to the passage of time. Nissan keeps track of the battery capacities of the 400,000+ Leafs on the road today, and have concluded from their data that the batteries will outlast the very frame of the car by ten years or more.

Where Should You Go to Get an Electric Car Service?

Unfortunately, most auto shops and mechanics lack the expertise to properly take care of an electric vehicle, as they have to retrain their employees in all of the proper procedures. That said, most electric car dealerships offer their own servicing stations with qualified mechanics, so you don’t have to worry about whether your vehicle will be getting the TLC it needs.

Get your electric vehicle serviced with GVI Electric today

We’re your one-stop destination for everything related to your electric vehicle. From Warrant of Fitness inspections, to electric cars for sale, we’ve got you covered. We have the latest diagnostic equipment and qualified mechanics, all focused on keeping your car in the best possible shape. Book in your service today.

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