How to Keep Electric Vehicles Running Smoothly While Avoiding Costly Repairs
Electric vehicles have gained immense popularity among consumers due to their eco-friendliness, energy efficiency, and long-term cost savings. Modern EVs can cover over 400 miles on a single charge, which has significantly reduced the “range anxiety” associated with all-electric vehicles.
However, it is essential to acknowledge that, like their internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts, EVs will also require mechanical repairs over time due to general use and breakdown of associated parts. While they demand less maintenance overall, EV repairs are often be more complex and expensive than those of traditional combustion engine cars.
The first thing drivers must do as part of owning an electric vehicle is to keep the battery maintained. Ensuring the upkeep and optimal condition of an electric vehicle’s lithium-ion battery is done by diligently following the guidelines provided by the manufacturer. This entails consistently maintaining the battery’s charge level within the recommended range and safeguarding it from extreme temperature variations (below 20 F or above 95 F) that may potentially affect its efficiency and lifespan.
Just like traditional combustion engine cars, the other components of EVs require routine maintenance. Reminding customers to follow the recommended service intervals for tire rotations, brake inspections, and fluid checks will ensure optimal performance and help to identify potential issues before they escalate. Mechanical issues that could have been prevented by routine maintenance are often the hardest ones to repair.
Most electric vehicles on the road today are like computers on wheels, and thus, they require over-the-air updates as frequently as once per month. Keep customers informed about software updates provided by the EV manufacturer, as these updates often include performance improvements, bug fixes, and enhanced features. Keeping a vehicle’s software up-to-date ensures that customers benefit from the latest advancements and minimizes the risk of potential software-related issues.