Servicing an Electric Vehicle

With a huge surge in popularity, electric vehicles are becoming increasingly common on our roads. It is suggested that there are as many as 5.1 million electric cars on the roads globally and that by 2040 more than 50% of cars on the roads will be electric. With the rising awareness of environmental concerns and as they become more and more mainstream, one of the biggest concerns drivers have is the servicing and maintenance of them. Many people know about electric cars but not what it takes to care for them.

The simple fact is that as with any car, regular servicing will ensure that your vehicle performs well and that it is safe on the road. However, with pure electric vehicles (EVs) there is the advantage that they have far fewer moving parts than a vehicle with a combustion engine. This means that there is less chance for things to go wrong and fewer instances of repair. All the same, regular servicing is recommended for electric vehicles.

What is different about an electric service?

Every electric drivetrain has three key components; the converter, the motor and the battery. Because there are fewer moving parts, they tend to be easier to service. This could mean lower maintenance costs, particularly as there is no need for components like gaskets or spark plugs to be replaced. Oil changes are effectively a thing of the past as unlike petrol and diesel, electric vehicles don’t require an oil change.

What is checked in an electric vehicle service?

When it is time for your electric vehicle to be serviced, all the legal requirements for a roadworthy car will still be checked. This includes checks on the braking system, headlights and tyre condition. Although there is no combustion engine to inspect, there are electric-specific elements of a Battery Electric Vehicles (BEV) that need to be inspected. These include things such as:

  • Checking that the charging cable is present and in good condition
  • Checking the charge level of the high-voltage battery which will be recharge if necessary
  • Inspecting all high-voltage components and high-voltage cables for damage and placement.

The innovative and intelligent technology that is the foundation for the ŠKODA iV line means that these vehicles are of a superior standard and built to last. However, wear and tear can take its toll. By servicing your electric vehicle regularly you are not only getting complete peace of mind that your vehicle is safe and roadworthy, but you are also improving its longevity by making sure that it is well cared for. By bringing your electric ŠKODA to Winchester Motor Group you get the added reassurance that fully qualified, trained technicians with the finest equipment are taking care of your vehicle. To find out more about the after sales care available at Winchester Motor Group, get in touch. You can enquire online or give us a call. One of our electric experts will be happy to answer any specific questions you may have or book your electric vehicle in for a service with us.