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The rise of electric cars has tended to split opinion. Some welcome the green values while others still hold faith with fossil fuels. Whichever side a person is on, it is hard to disagree that electric vehicles do have advantages and one of those advantages concerns servicing and maintenance.
They Are Still Cars
As such, they are subject to the rules and regulations that surround motoring in general. Vehicles using public roads have to, by law, meet certain safety standards and that includes EVs in exactly the same way. The only difference between a vehicle with an internal combustion engine (ICE) and a car propelled by electricity is just that: The motive power. Everything else is pretty much the same.
Suspension takes a beating from our poor roads; the car has to stop which means brakes and the corners have to be supported by wheels and tyres and all that sophisticated equipment needs maintenance.
Leaving aside the slightly contentious issues of EV purchase prices right now, It is clearly cheaper to fuel up with electricity than it is to use a fossil fuel. There are no emissions either and further, electric cars should also save owners money on an ongoing basis via lower long-term maintenance costs.
The reason for this is that these environmentally friendly vehicles eliminate many mechanical parts that routinely need maintenance, at least once annually for the MOT, from the local car servicing garage. There are savings to be made because there are no longer any costs associated with oil changes, tune-ups, cooling system maintenance, gearbox servicing and oil changes and replacing air filters, spark plugs, drive belts and hoses. It’s an early-days ball-park figure, but experience so far suggests that EV users spend approximately a third of the amount spent by owners of ICE vehicles at regular service intervals. No exhaust system to replace either.
With no gearbox to wrangle, pressing the accelerator pedal delivers instant acceleration and the reverse is true. All EV’s offer regenerative braking and it works like this: When the driver eases off the accelerator, the electric motor becomes a generator and uses the vehicle’s kinetic energy (the forward motion) to generate electricity. This recharges the lithium-ion battery and, in the process slows down the vehicle. As a result, an EV uses the brake rotor and brake pad less frequently than an ICE car and as a consequence the parts last longer. Ownership models suggest twice as long, so that’s a saving right there.
Business As Usual
Costs on the other consumables like tyres and suspension are broadly in line with current prices. EV’s still need routine maintenance at regular service intervals, usually in line with manufacturer recommendations. They are still cars, after all. For example, an electric car has high voltage electrical cables and these have to be routinely inspected. It’s not a big deal but they must be checked for damage and any loose connections that will affect vehicle performance and safety. Issues are unlikely though as they are well protected.
That’s why, although with certain aspects less maintenance is required, it doesn’t mean an EV is indestructible. Users will eventually need to replace the tyres, have the brakes serviced, replacing pads and the like as necessary. In time they may be a need to replace steering and suspension components, headlamps, tail-lights; in short, all the usual suspects. As with any other type of vehicle, wheel alignment may be required if the vehicle pulls to one side or is exhibiting uneven tyre wear; so other than motive power, very little has changed.
If the idea of joining the electric car revolution appeals but you are unsure about costs, we are gearing up to provide for your future car servicing needs. Check with us for our latest electric maintenance offering.