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  • Maintenance for Electric Cars – Securing the Future of Your EV Investment

    Over the past decade, we've all watched electric vehicles (EVs) move from a novelty to a norm. Their promise to the planet, lighter impact on our wallets, and cutting-edge technology have won many of us over. But just like our fuel-powered vehicles, EVs need some TLC too. Regular maintenance for electric cars is the key to keeping them running smoothly and efficiently for years to come.

    Maintenance for electric cars

    What are the benefits of electric cars?

    Although electric vehicles might come with a steeper upfront cost, they are a testament to the phrase "invest now, save later." One of the standout benefits of EVs is their contribution to a cleaner environment. By emitting no tailpipe emissions, they play a crucial role in reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality in our cities. Also, for regular commuters, the perk of avoiding congestion charges and the convenience of free parking in specific zones can be a relief and make city commutes more hassle-free.

    But the savings don't stop there. Electric cars come with streamlined mechanics, removing many of the typical parts found in conventional cars. This means EV drivers can say goodbye to expenses like regular oil changes, changing components and many other service charges. Research indicates that electric vehicle owners might see their bills reduced to about a third of those of fuel-powered car owners.

    That said, it's essential to remember that electric vehicles, while cost-effective, still have maintenance requirements.

    What is the required maintenance for electric cars?

    It's no secret that electric cars are becoming a fixture on our roads because of their green credentials. However, like any other vehicle, they require regular check-ups to keep them in top condition. Here's what you need to know about the required maintenance for electric cars.

    1.    Battery care: At the heart of every EV is its battery. While their traction batteries are designed to be durable, they do need attention. Manufacturers provide guidelines for optimal charging, typically suggesting a charge level between 20 and 80% for efficiency and longevity. It's also important to keep the battery from draining completely.

    2.    Coolant checks: Much like traditional cars, electric vehicles have their very own cooling system. In EVs, this system regulates and maintains the battery temperature, ensuring it stays within an optimal range regardless of the motor's activity or external conditions. While it might sound simple, EV coolant systems are a bit more intricate. Because they're sealed units, adding or flushing coolant isn't a DIY job. It's recommended to have coolant-related maintenance done by a certified EV technician to keep the battery safe and performing at its best.

    3.    Suspension: Like any vehicle, EVs have a suspension system that can degrade over time, especially with regular exposure to rough roads. Periodic inspections and maintenance are necessary to ensure continued smooth performance.

    4.    Braking system: EVs have a unique braking system that combines traditional braking with regenerative braking. This system recaptures energy during deceleration, feeding it back into the battery. Because of this efficient design, EV brake components tend to last longer and face less wear. Nonetheless, regular inspections of brake discs, pads and other components are crucial to ensuring safety and functionality.

    5.    Tyre upkeep: Some EVs come equipped with specialised tyres, designed for their specific weight and power dynamics. These tyres are designed for efficiency, with reduced rolling resistance and noise levels. It's essential to check your tyres for wear and tear, rotate them according to manufacturer recommendations, and monitor the air pressure.

    6.    General inspections: Despite having fewer moving parts, EVs can still experience wear and tear. Whether it's a hiccup in the battery or tyre troubles, keeping up with routine MOTs and services is vital to guarantee your safety.

    Smart maintenance, smarter savings

    One often overlooked aspect of maintaining your electric car is its direct influence on fleet insurance premiums. A well-maintained vehicle signals to insurers that the car is at a lower risk of breakdowns, accidents caused by component failures, and other unforeseen issues that can result in insurance claims.

    Aside from that, insurance providers may offer incentives for drivers who prioritise vehicle health. This proactive approach not only safeguards your vehicle's value but can also reduce insurance premiums.

    Considering comprehensive insurance for your EV? Bluedrop Services provides tailored business fleet insurance for electric vehicles. With consistent electric car maintenance and the right insurance, EV owners can optimise both vehicle performance and financial savings. Stay informed and attentive to your EV's needs and it will serve you well for years to come.

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