EV Maintenance Guide: What to Know

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So, you’ve finally taken the plunge and purchased an EV! You’re probably already enjoying the smooth, responsive ride and those blissfully lower fuel costs. However, you may still be learning the ropes when it comes to EV (electric vehicle) maintenance. Thankfully, maintaining a regular EV service schedule is easier and less expensive than its traditional gasoline-powered counterparts. 

Traditional vehicles have dozens more mechanical components than EVs do, and each of those mechanical components requires regular service. All of that adds up to more time and money spent at your local repair shop. While EVs don’t need oil changes or many of the other standard services, they do still require regular maintenance. We have compiled a list of necessary services you should regularly have done on your EV. Haven’t yet made the jump to an EV? BestRide can help you search for your perfect electric fit.

Battery Checks 

When it comes to your EV, battery health is absolutely vital. A single battery can last for years, but it’s a good idea to have this crucial part checked out at least once a year. During your EV’s service, your technician will check battery fluid levels, connections, and other facets of battery performance. 
There are also several steps you can take on your end to preserve the life of your battery. These include not exposing it to exceptionally high or low temperatures, and only charging the battery to 80 percent, instead of the full 100 percent.

Cooling System Service 

EVs usually have a cooling system in place that keeps temperatures down to an optimum level for battery health. Make sure your EV’s cooling system is regularly inspected as part of your service routine. Have your coolants flushed as needed, too.

Tire Rotation 

With gasoline-powered vehicles, the tires are often rotated in conjunction with an oil change. Because your EV service schedule doesn’t include regular oil changes, it’s easy to forget about this aspect of vehicle service. You should generally rotate your tires every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. When it doubt, always refer to the recommendations outlined in your owners’ manual,
Your tire alignment is also important to keep up with on your EV. Maintaining proper alignment can reduce tire wear and tear while improving the car’s range. You should perform your tire alignment about every 12 months.

Filter Changes 

Like traditional gas-powered vehicles, EVs are equipped with air filters that work to keep dust, dirt, and pollen from infiltrating the air in the car. These filters should be replaced every two or three years, although specialty HEPA filters often have a longer life.

Fluid Checks 

Given the sophisticated technology behind EVs, it’s easy to forget that they still need some of the more basic fluid services. Windshield wiper fluid replacement is the perfect example. Be sure to top off this type of fluid every 5,000 to 10,000 miles. Regular servicing of the vehicle’s air conditioning and replacing the old refrigerant as needed is also important.

One of the many benefits of owning an EV is the lighter service schedule. As long as you stay on top of the core components of service listed above, you’ll be able to get years of enjoyment out of your EV.  For more information on EVs, as well as the latest auto news in other markets, check out the rest of our BestRide blog!