What Are the Maintenance Needs of an Electric Vehicle?

Electric Fueling 2 SnippedYou may have heard that EVs require less maintenance than an all-gas or hybrid vehicle—and yes, that is true! However, an electric vehicle still has maintenance needs. You’ll want to have your EV serviced on schedule so it continues to drive at peak performance.

So, what should drivers near Cerritos, Irvine, West Covina, Huntington Beach, San Diego, and Vista, California, know about the maintenance needs of their EVs? Learn from the experts at Norm Reeves Superstore, and be sure to schedule service when the time comes!

Tire Rotations

Tire RepairAs with any other vehicle, the tires on an electric vehicle are subject to wear and tear. They should be rotated in accordance with the owner’s manual, but there are a couple of other reasons you may want to pay special attention to tires on an EV.

Firstly, EVs can be roughly 20–30% heavier than internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. That means more weight on the tires, which can cause the tread to wear more quickly.

Secondly, EVs deliver instant torque for speedier acceleration, and that can also be hard on tires. Be sure to pay special attention to tire tread when you drive an electric vehicle.

Brake Repairs

Brakes being Tended toBecause EVs use regenerative braking, wear and tear on the brake pads and rotors is limited. In fact, your pads may last twice as long as they would on a similar ICE vehicle. Still, they will need service and replacement eventually.

The lack of wear on the brakes is one of the best benefits of switching to an electric vehicle. You can thank regenerative braking, a process that also helps charge your battery a bit—though it won’t replace a full charging session at home or at a public charging station!

Speaking of batteries…

Battery Service

Battery RepairBatteries for electric cars are way different than those of their ICE vehicle counterparts. Far larger and heavier (hence the extra weight we discussed earlier), they take up most of the space under the hood.

An electric vehicle battery won’t require maintenance on a day-to-day basis. In fact, most of the time, you won’t have to think about it. EV batteries typically are under warranty for eight years or 100,000 miles, and they often last much longer than that.

When the battery needs to be replaced, you’ll notice you’re just not getting the same amount of mileage out of a full charge as you used to. Depending on how long your EV battery lasts, it may be more economical to replace the whole car (rather than the battery) when it dies.

No Oil Changes!

Oil Change PouringYou can cross this item off your maintenance list—permanently! Because EVs have no internal combustion engines, there’s literally no oil to change.

If you drive a mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV), full hybrid electric vehicle (HEV), or plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), you will still need oil changes. These aren’t full electric vehicles. They are all powered by a mix of internal combustion and electricity.


Schedule Your EV Maintenance Today

We hope this guide helps clarify the most important service items for your electric car. If you want a full rundown, check the maintenance schedule in the owner’s manual.

If you drive an electric vehicle near Cerritos, Irvine, West Covina, Huntington Beach, San Diego, or Vista, CA, our family of dealerships can help with all your EV maintenance needs.

Contact us to schedule service at a Norm Reeves Superstore location near you!