How to keep your EV in perfect shape
Ask any electric vehicle (EV) driver what they love about their car most and they'll always boast about the lack of maintenance it requires. Very simply, because an EV replaces an internal combustion engine and transmission with one or two simple motors and a large battery, it has far fewer moving, mechanical parts and so it needs much less maintenance.
Don't be fooled into thinking that an EV doesn't need any care or attention, though. While your servicing bills will definitely be much lower, there are still some critical things you'll need to keep an eye on.
The battery is the most important – and expensive – part of your EV. The cost of a replacement battery varies by model and manufacturer, but most EVs come with between 5 and 8 years’ or a 160,000 km warranty. And don't forget about brakes, tires and fluids that still need to be checked from time-to-time, as well as insurance.
These simple tips could help the battery last a lot longer.
Insurance is calculated exactly the same way for an EV as it is for a gas-powered vehicle. It's all about the claims history for your particular model, along with your no claims status, age, gender, postcode, vehicle usage and safety features.
The location of your battery can also be a factor since some batteries are better protected than others. But overall, your insurance should be comparable to an equivalent gas-powered vehicle, since while EVs are more expensive vehicles to purchase, they generally generate fewer claims.
Calculate fuel savings
There's a lot to think about when trying to calculate the actual cost difference between running an EV versus your current gas-powered vehicle. Try our cost calculator to get a quick idea of what your fuel savings might be.