If you’re like many others thinking about getting an electric vehicle for your next car, you’ll likely have a lot of questions. Owning an electric car has many benefits, such as saving money and avoiding the gas pump, but electric cars also require much less maintenance.
But are they really? It’s a common question and comment that gets asked in the debate between gas-powered cars and electric cars. No matter what type of cruise you are about to purchase, maintenance and repairs is something everyone needs to consider.
So, with that in mind, below, we’ll go over some of the things you need to know about electric vehicles and maintenance costs.
Is maintenance cheaper on electric vehicles?
Electric vehicles do not have nearly as many mechanical parts or components as a normal internal combustion engine (ICE). As a result, maintenance is completely cheaper on an EV. according to Energy DepartmentIt is easier to own an electric car, a plug-in hybrid vehicle, or even a regular plug-in hybrid electric vehicle than its gas-powered counterparts.
Another report from Energy Department It shows that savings is close to 40% if you buy EV. Most gas powered vehicles end up costing about $0.10 per mile when you consider maintenance, gas, new tires, etc., over the life of the vehicle. In EV, it’s closer to $0.06, if not lower.
There are more than 20 commonly maintained components of an ordinary car engine that electric vehicles do not need. We’re talking tuning, engine filters, oil changes, spark plugs, drive belts or chains that make noises like EVAP hoses, leaks, O2 sensors, transmission flow, catalytic converters failing, and more.
And those are just the common things. If you look at the bigger picture, most gas vehicles have hundreds and hundreds of moving parts.
A Consumer Reports study indicates that people who own regular cars will often spend upwards of $4,600 on repairs and maintenance over the life of the vehicle. Of course, electric car repairs can be expensive and time-consuming as well, but this applies to any car. All in all, you’ll have little to do with maintenance, repair, and worry about your EV.
They don’t call the agents “robbery” for nothing. That’s because the average maintenance repair cost on a regular gas car often costs upwards of $600 per visit, if not more when you take it to a mechanic or dealership. If your transmission goes out, you’ll be spending several thousand dollars on a huge repair bill.
Fun fact, electric vehicles don’t have a transmission. A single electric motor does not have to shift and shift gears as speeds increase. As a result, there are no moving parts from the transmission, no shift fluid, and far fewer things that go wrong. And that’s only when we’re talking about repairs, not to mention maintenance.
The battery, motor, and all the electronics to handle the entire system in an electric vehicle require little or no maintenance. You don’t have to check or change the oil, there are almost no fluids or hoses, and as we said earlier, there are fewer moving parts.
But what about the brakes? Electric cars are fast and have tons of power, torque and speed, wouldn’t you spend a lot of money on brake pads and rotors? no. In fact, brake wear is much less in an EV thanks to regenerative braking. And while the system reduces braking, it also recharges the battery, saving you money and allowing for a greater driving range per charge.
Regular maintenance of electric vehicles
Even though electric cars don’t have many moving parts, that doesn’t mean you won’t have to do anything. Electric vehicles aren’t completely maintenance-free, and there are a few normal things you’ll want to do as you would any vehicle.
A good example is new tires or accidental tire rotation. Then again, you should rotate the tires fairly frequently on any vehicle. Or, in some cases, getting tires aligned.
Apart from that, you will also need to do some other periodic maintenance tasks. This includes changing the wiper blades as necessary, adding more windshield washer fluid, and cleaning or replacing the cabin air filter. Electric cars have a lot of fuses, so this could be a maintenance issue. Then again, so do regular cars.
Perhaps the biggest “maintenance” aspect of an electric vehicle is its battery. All electric vehicle manufacturers suggest keeping the battery at 20-80% charge for optimal health, which is sometimes a challenge for some owners. And yes, the battery may malfunction, but that is the guarantee. All electric vehicles in the United States come with a battery warranty of 8 years or longer, as required by law.
Electric vehicles have heat pumps and cooling systems to keep batteries at optimum temperatures. However, most of these devices are completely internal, built into the battery pack, and will not require maintenance by the owner.
As you can see, electric cars don’t need those frequent oil changes every 3,000 or 5,000 miles, tons of fluid baby topped at the nearby auto shop, and generally nothing to worry about too much.
In conclusion, it is important to remember that any vehicle, gas or electric, will have wear over time that may need to be addressed. We’re talking about replacing tires and brake linings, worn seats or cloth, cracks in the windshield, and potential suspension issues.
No car is perfect, but the amount of time and money you have to spend on maintenance or repair is much less when it comes to electric cars.