there are three types of people when it comes to servicing their cars: 1) people who service it by the book and obsess over things, 2) people who get it serviced once a year and consider it a bit of a chore and 3) people who don’t service their cars at all.

of course, these groups categorise owners of combustion engine vehicles, and not electric vehicles. the thing is, when you own an electric vehicle, ‘servicing’ looks a little different.

here, the specialists at fingo tackle the question of whether or not it’s true that electric cars need less servicing:

electric cars need less servicing? true.

it’s true: electric cars need to be serviced less than petrol cars. this primarily comes down to the fact that electric cars have batteries, and not engines. engines are quite complicated little buggers, with loads of different parts: pistons, head gaskets, radiator, coolant tanks and many more. 

when you service your internal combustion engine car, the bulk of the work gets done on the engine – things like oil changes, spark plug changes, engine filters, transmission coolant flushes, drive belt care and more.

battery- or fully-electric vehicles don’t have any of these tricky parts (plug-in hybrids and full-hybrids do, however, so they need the same amount of attention as regular petrol or diesel cars.) instead, battery electric vehicles have… well, batteries. big batteries that don’t get removed or fiddled around with unless they fail (which is covered under your warranty, commonly around 8 years for most manufacturers).

electric cars don’t need servicing at all? false.

that being said, evs still need some love every now and then. and nope, by ‘love’ we don’t mean gently caressing your baby’s steering wheel. here’s some basic maintenance for evs:

  • brake wear assessment

your brakes are pretty important, so they still need maintenance in the form of pad and rotor replacements. however, the cool thing about evs is that they use a regenerative braking system, storing leftover energy from your brakes in the battery system for later use. it means your brake pads and rotors will last almost twice as long as on an ice car.

  • tyres

tyres are one thing on an ev that need just as much attention, if not more, as when you own a petrol car. due to the weight of the battery in an electric car, it puts more pressure on your tyres, as does the instant torque (which makes evs so fun to drive).

  • fluids

evs still use brake fluid and they also have a liquid thermal management system in which the coolant still needs replacing.

fingo can help you save money on running costs by helping you get the best ev you’re looking for. they’re australia’s specialists in auto finance solutions, providing a range of top quality services – everything from fleet management to insurance!

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