Choosing an EV

Service and maintenance

Pure electric cars are in many ways a lot simpler than our conventional petrol or diesel cars. Which can make electric car servicing easier and maintenance costs less likely; helping to keep costs (and hassle) to a minimum.

Let’s keep things simple

To ensure they run smoothly and reliably, our trusty petrol and diesel cars require a number of parts. Exhausts; catalytic converters; starter motors, spark plugs, oil, cooling systems; engine dampers; fuel injection systems; fuel pumps… the list goes on. Pure electric cars, on the other hand, have only three main components: the electric motor; the on-board charger and the inverter.

This is one of the main reasons electric cars and vans can cost less to service and need less maintenance. When you next service your current car, spare a moment to look at what you’re paying for: new engine oil and filter, replacement spark plugs; air filters; perhaps new engine coolant? A pure electric car doesn’t need any of these. Electric motors themselves have proved to be very robust, and can require very little maintenance.

How much could you save?

Data from ‘KeeResources’ illustrates how the service, maintenance and repair costs for plug-in vehicles can deliver major savings:

Predicted SMR saving of plug-in models versus petrol and diesel equivalents from the same brand (over 4 years/60,000 miles).

Make Model Spec Maintenance Total (£) Cost saving for EV (£)
BMW i3 Electric Drive Loft Professional Media 170bhp 2264.05
BMW 1-Series 118d SS Sport 150hp dpf 2929.94 -665.89
Hyundai IONIQ Electric Premium SE 120PS 1543.20
Hyundai IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid Premium SE DCT 141PS 2120.88 -577.68
Kia Soul Electric EV 109PS 1203.57
Kia Soul GDI 1 132bhp 1570.86 -367.29
Nissan LEAF Tekna 30kW Electric 109PS 1538.62
Nissan Pulsar Tekna XTRONIC DIG-T SS 115PS 2198.63 -660.01
Renault ZOE i Signature Nav Rapid Charge 41kWh Electric 88PS 1169.96
Renault Clio Signature Nav EDC Tce SS 120hp 2114.31 -944.35
Volkswagen Golf e-Golf Electric 35.8kWh 136PS 1730.69
Volkswagen Golf GTE DSG TSI PiH 8.7kWh SS 204PS 2585.87 -855.18
Volkswagen Golf GTD DSG TDI SS 184PS dpf 2965.29 -1234.60

Source: KeeResources SMR report 2017

Expert help already at hand

To take proper care of your new electric car, you should be using an appropriately trained technician. Manufacturers are already ensuring their dealer networks have appropriately trained technicians available, and independent repairers are likely to follow suit as the numbers grow. What’s more, training courses are widely available at over 100 approved UK colleges and training providers.

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