Haters of electric cars often remind EV vloggers and bloggers that these vehicles are not free of maintenance. This viewpoint is fair enough as far as EV enthusiasts are concerned. Every vehicle requires maintenance, and electric cars are no exception. Here, we will countdown five electric vehicle maintenance issues – from the least to the most pressing.
5. EV Tire Rotation
We have this issue in the last position because it applies to every car, including electric sports car models. You must do it for an electric vehicle as an EV’s footing is heavy and it exerts much torque on its wheels. It would be a pity if you reduce the environmental toll with an EV, only to pollute the environment much by discarding tires more frequently than you should.
4. EV Brake Fluid Services
Much of the stopping of an electric vehicle is done through regenerative braking, which avoids the use of mechanical brakes. Nevertheless, the vehicle also has the usual brake pads, plus brake discs. The hydraulic fluid similar to a standard car results in these components being pressed together. It is a hygroscopic fluid, which means it can absorb atmospheric water, and it would corrode the braking system if you do not flush it frequently.
3. EV Coolant Service
There is no engine in a battery-electric vehicle, but it has coolant to keep the large battery from catching fire. The intervals to flush the coolant system vary according to the specific model of the vehicle. This means you may have to flush it every 50,000 EV miles or more, depending on your vehicle’s model.
2. EV Brake Service
Brake discs, plus brake pads are separate from an EV’s brake fluid. How often you should have these things serviced hinges on the distance covered, the way you drive, the driving terrain, and the regeneration settings that you utilize. Cheaper EV pilots mash the vehicle’s brake pedal often, whereas the best ones avoid using their brakes.
1. Battery Maintenance
The battery, not your electric car motor, is much more comparable to a standard car’s engine when it comes to value and cost. It is the bulkiest assembly and plays a big part in the vehicle’s future salvage value. Maintain it similar to the engine while keeping in mind that it is likely to suffer in one of the following situations:
- If it sits in too cold or hot temperatures for an excessive amount of time
- If you let it become dead
- If you charge it more times than required