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Electric cars | Cost of maintenance for EVs
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Published on 27th Jan 21

Electric cars maintenance | Costing

In India, there is an electric vehicle market which is boosting day by day. To maintain the electric cars you also need to go through the maintenance procedures which keep your vehicle maintained and good for long-term quality. you have to do regular maintenance procedures whether you own an EV or an ICE vehicle. The tires are one of the common denominators in electric vehicles. To keep good performance of the tires make sure that you are rotating them every six months and more often for EVs due to the added weight of the battery pack. 
Other maintenance costs include brake changes and structural repair if you face any minor accident or some problems during the driving. Mostly EV requires less maintenance than other cars because there is a low level of fuels like oil, transmission fuels which are needed to change, and far fewer moving parts. Maintaining an electric car will cost about one-third of the current cost of maintaining a gasoline-powered car. So electric cars require considerably less maintenance than gas-driven cars. Also, the electric vehicle does not need regular oil changes. Electric cars use completely different drivetrains, so you will never have to worry about routine oil changes that are necessary for traditional cars. So automatically it saves your cost. 

EV requires less maintenance cost than other cars.

As we discussed that EV required less maintenance cost than other cars, they are not without expenses. There is another largest maintenance you require is when you have to replace your battery pack. Unlike conventional batteries, EVs have large, complex batteries that are constantly drained and recharged, leading to range loss and degradation over time. So, In case If your EV battery needs replacement, most of the time this cost is usually covered under the manufacturer’s battery warranty which is the best part. But, once it expires you have to pay for it which is pretty high. Maintenance costs are inescapable and unavoidable. If your car needs any repair you have to make it.  you will find that there is a huge imbalance of maintenance costs in favor of EVs, especially when you have a good EV warranty to protect your battery.

Higher maintenance cost: Tire rotation and brake fluid service.

  • Tire rotation

Tire rotation is extra important on an EV as they have a heavy footing with that big battery and exert a lot of torque on the driven wheels. So, most of the companies recommend replacing your cabin air filter every 2 years as well as the tire Rotation, Balance, and Wheel Alignment is necessary. Also, it is necessary to check your tires every 10,000-12,000 miles for rotating, balancing, and aligning needs. 

  • Brake fluid service

You have to regularly flush out the hydraulic fluid found in conventional cars. It absorbs water from the air which needs to be clear out. Electric cars use normal brakes and pads which need brake fluid service regularly which costs you for its maintenance.

Maintenance of brake and coolant service

  • Regular coolant service

Battery electric cars have no engine but they still have coolant to keep that big battery from doing what it naturally wants to do to catch fire. Coolant system-flush intervals vary widely, from every four years or 50,000 miles to every 150,000 miles for electric vehicles. In this, fluid is drained from the vehicle using gravity instead of a machine and the new fluid is mixed and refilled by hand. 

  • Brake service

Separate from brake fluid is the brake pads and discs. Your EV needs them serviced depends on how much you drive, how hard you drive, what regeneration settings you use, and the terrain in your area. Brake jobs take place from time to time to maintain them for a longer time. It totally depends on your driving and way of maintaining your car and braking system.

Battery care and maintainance.

Your electric car's battery is more analogous to a regular car's engine in terms of cost and value. It's the most expensive and a big factor in the electric car's future residual value. It can suffer when it's sitting in overly hot or cold temps for too long, allowed to go totally dead, or charged too much or too often. So, after this, it needs proper care and maintenance. Most of the time dealers provide you battery replacement and maintenance services.

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