Electric vehicles (EVs) are increasingly in the news these days. Back in February, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders revealed that the number of new cars registered in the UK reached a 12-year high in January.
This was apparently driven by alternative fuel vehicles and most notably electric cars like the Nissan Leaf, which rose by a fifth to take a record market share of 4.2 per cent.
And now new research from the AA has revealed that younger drivers aged between 18 and 24 are more likely to own one of these vehicles than any other demographic… so it’s important that they find out just how different these cars are in terms of maintenance than traditional vehicles.
Those interested in EVs will be pleased to hear that they are lower maintenance than the cars we’ve been used to in the past, because there are fewer moving parts, regenerative braking (which means extended brake wear periods) and fewer fluids to be concerned about.
That said, there will still be some maintenance concerns you should be aware of if you are thinking of buying yourself a new EV. For example, tyre rotation guides should still be followed, and although your brake pads will last longer thanks to regenerative braking they’ll still need replacing at some point.
You’ve also still got coolant, brake fluid and windscreen washer fluid to consider in an EV, so follow the manual to see when brake fluid should be checked and replaced. Do the same with your windscreen washer as well.
And remember that your EV battery system does have a lifespan but you should have a components warranty that should cover you for a set number of years.
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