Electric vehicles (EVs) are becoming increasingly popular, with more models hitting the market each year. Many prospective EV owners wonder if these high-tech cars still require regular servicing like their petrol and diesel counterparts. The short answer is yes, EVs do need servicing, but the requirements are somewhat different.
In an EV, there’s no engine oil, spark plugs, fuel injectors, etc. that require replacement at set intervals. However, EVs still have brake fluid, coolant, tyres, and air filters that need periodic inspection and maintenance. The electric motor and battery packs also require special care to keep your EV running smoothly for years.
Here are some key servicing needs for electric vehicles:
Battery Pack Maintenance
The battery pack is the most expensive component of an EV. Proper maintenance helps extend battery life. Cooling fluid, connections, and software should be checked by a certified technician.
The motor has far fewer moving parts than a petrol engine. However, the connections, sensors, and software still require maintenance.
Brake Fluid Changes
Brake fluid absorbs moisture over time and needs replacement every 2 years or so, per manufacturer guidelines.
Cabin Air Filter Replacement
EVs have cabin air filters to trap pollution, pollen, and dust. These should be replaced regularly.
Tyre Rotation and Wheel Alignment
EV tyres are worn just like any car. Follow the rotation and alignment schedule in your owner’s manual.
Software and Firmware Updates
EVs receive regular over-the-air software updates. However major firmware upgrades may require a service centre visit.
We can help service your electric vehicle
So while electric vehicles don’t need oil changes, their unique components still require specialised care and maintenance. Follow your owner’s manual and have an EV-certified technician perform interval inspections. With proper servicing, your electric car will deliver years of smooth, emissions-free driving.
At Basingstoke MOT and Servicing Centre, we have the expertise to service electric vehicles and keep them running smoothly. Our technicians stay up to date on the latest EV technology and maintenance requirements. We can perform routine servicing as well as MOT testing for electric cars and hybrids. To book your EV for maintenance or an MOT in Basingstoke, contact us at 01256 321 012 or email@example.com.