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How to keep your electric car in good condition: A guide to maintaining your EV

Keeping your electric car in top shape is a responsibility you share with your mechanic. While it’s important to make sure that your car has a valid MOT and has any faults repaired quickly, there are several ways to maintain the longevity of your EV at home too.

Advancements in EV technology and improvements in manufacturing processes could lead to longer-lasting vehicles. Its battery pack is the most critical component that impacts an EV’s longevity. Over time, lithium-ion batteries can experience degradation, which affects the vehicle’s range and performance. Automakers have been working on developing more durable and long-lasting batteries to combat this. Continue learning more about electric cars here.  

Like any vehicle, an EV requires regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance and safety. Regularly scheduled maintenance tasks include checking the brakes, tyres, suspension, lights, and other mechanical components. However, EVs have fewer moving parts and do not require oil changes, which somewhat simplifies maintenance. 

Many modern EVs have sophisticated battery management systems that keep track of battery performance, capacity, and health. However, following the manufacturer’s recommendations regarding battery checkups and inspections is still a good idea.

We’ve gone into more detail on some of the reasons why you should keep checking your electric car, what to look out for, and how to be a more responsible motorist.

Why is car maintenance so important?

With regular use, the components in your electric car can begin to deteriorate, whether this is external parts or internal electronics. General wear is expected, but if your car is left uncared for to deteriorate over time, minor issues could develop into something much more significant.

If damage starts to affect the performance of your vehicle, it could become irreparable over time. In turn, this will decrease the resale value of your car – and could make it unsafe to drive. Monitoring the overall performance and health of your electric vehicle is particularly important.

You’ll only need some basic knowledge around your EV to be able to do the common maintenance tasks – and much of this information will be transferrable to another model too. When it comes to hybrid cars, however, there are a mixture of both electrical and mechanical engine parts, when maintaining vehicles it is advised to wear protective work gloves which are rubber dipped to provide both cut resistance from and mechanical parts within the car, as well as electrical resistance from electrical wiring and components within an EV or hybrid vehicle.

Keeping your car in good condition: Three focus areas

  1. Cleaning

Keeping your car clean not only makes it look more appealing but also contributes to preventing rust damage. Over time, dirt, and dust ingress cause corrosion and decay underneath your car and on the bodywork.

This friction can remove paint and varnish, causing imperfections that can gradually oxidise once exposed to the elements. However, some older vehicles may start to corrode of their own accord – so it’s always worth knowing how to remove and prevent rust.

  1. Driving habits

Did you know that the way you drive can have a significant impact on the condition of your vehicle? Bad habits could exacerbate deterioration or even cause new damage that might not be immediately noticeable. There are a few habits you should avoid.

Firstly, harsh acceleration and braking not only increase wear, but contribute to a higher risk of having a collision. Next, simple actions like driving slowly over speedbumps and trying not to hit potholes could help to protect your suspension, steering, wheels, and tyres – and give you more control over the car too.

  1. Tyre checks

Tyre maintenance should never be overlooked – both for your safety and to promote the performance of your car. In the UK, a tyre tread depth of at least 1.6mm is a legal requirement. With the correct traction, you’ll benefit from more control over your vehicle and improved fuel economy too.

Maintaining the correct tyre pressure of your EV is essential for safety and efficiency. Refer to the vehicle owner’s manual or the driver’s side door frame sticker for the recommended tyre pressure. Use a pressure gauge to check the pressure in all four tyres. 

Check the valve stems for any damage or leaks. Ensure the valve caps are in place to prevent dust and debris entering the valve core. Proper wheel alignment ensures even tyre wear and helps the EV drive efficiently. If you notice uneven wear on the tyres or the vehicle pulling to one side, it might be time to get the wheel alignment checked and adjusted by a professional in green automotive.

Conclusion

When you put time and effort into looking after your electric vehicle, you’ll be able to enjoy it for longer.

But it’s not just your car that needs all the attention: your own health is equally important as a driver. If you fail to declare a change in your physical health or eyesight to the DVLA, you could face fines of up to £1,000.Safe motoring involves knowing how to protect yourself and your car through every type of journey.