Electric car maintenance

A guide from bravoauto to maintaining an electric car vs a combustion engine car

Discover the ease of electric car maintenance

Electric cars require less frequent servicing due as they have fewer moving parts when compared to a combustion engine found in a petrol or diesel car. Discover how the differences between electric cars and combustion engine cars reduces the maintenance required of an EV. 

EV specific parts

Electric motors have a much simpler design than an equivalent petrol or diesel engine car and as a result there are fewer moving parts which require inspecting and replacing such as oil, filters, cambelts, spark plugs etc.

Other components unique to electric cars include the battery which requires little or no maintenance, just an inspection to ensure that it is still performing to its expected capability. The transmission on an EV often only has one or two gears and therefore are much simpler than those found on combustion engine cars. Most of these units are sealed for life so never require any maintenance. 

Finally, EVs have a specific cooling system which keeps the battery at a consistent temperature whether it is hot or cold outside. These are usually liquid cooled, and a technician will need to check the levels of coolant and top up if needed.


Other components

Outside of the battery, transmission, and electric motor, EVs do have some similar components to a combustion engine car. Such as the brake pads and discs which should last longer as EVs prioritise regenerative braking which uses the electric motor to decelerate instead of the brake pads. The brake fluid will still need changing every couple of years.

Other components such as the air conditioning system will require an inspection at set intervals and may need the pollen filter changing and the system re-gassed for optimal running every couple of years.

Finally, the suspension and steering components will need to be checked over and the tyres and wipers will need replacing once worn.

Servicing costs

As there are fewer components to service this reduces the overall cost of parts and the time it takes to service the car. This means that maintenance bills for EVs compared to a combustion engine car can be much less.

There are two ways to pay for maintenance.

1. A single, one-off payment which you pay for each service at the time it is completed.

2. A service plan which allows you to spread the cost of maintenance over a set number of months.