There are many benefits of owning an electric vehicle such as the cost of maintenance. Electric cars offer comparatively little maintenance to the typical passenger vehicle, which means electric cars require less of your time and money to make sure it runs smoothly.
Electric cars have fewer moving parts, a reduced number of fluids, and extended brake wear intervals than the typical passenger vehicle. But, there are a few electric car maintenance items that you shouldn’t avoid.
Here are the 5 maintenance tips for electric vehicles:
- Tire Rotation
It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for tire rotation. Regardless of what vehicle you own, it’s important to check your tires regularly. You should make sure your wheels are aligned every 6 to 12 months, the pressure isn’t below or above the recommended value, and rotate your tires in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines.
- Fluid Check
You will need to check your coolant, brake fluid, and windshield washer fluid. Coolant and brake fluid should be replaced in accordance to the manufacturer’s guidelines. Windshield wiper fluids should be added more often and according to the external temperature. For example, use a winter blend to lower the freezing point during cold weather.
- Brake Care
Did you know that your brake pads will last longer? This is because electric cars use a regenerative braking system. This is a process that harnesses energy from the parts stored in the battery system for later use. So, brake wear on your electric vehicle’s pads and rotors is very limited and probably stretch to twice as long as a conventional vehicle.
- Wiper Blades
There’s no difference between the wiper blade for your electric vehicle and the typical passenger vehicle. You should replace your wiper blades when worn or twice annually like just before the summered again before winter.
- Battery System Replacement
Did you know you can install an EV charger at your home or using a condominium charging station?
The electric vehicle battery system is one maintenance area that may cost you more because of their limited life span. Fortunately, electric car batteries usually have a warranty of 8 years, but there are cases where it takes 15 years for the battery to become faulty. So, when that happens you’ll either return to the car dealership or find a battery specialty shop to replace your battery pack. The cost of replacing your battery ranges from thousands or tens of thousands of dollars.