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Electric car maintenance: What are the costs for an electric car inspection?

In addition to being environmentally friendly, an electric car offers other advantages, especially with regard to the space in the interior. The fact that an e-car offers more space is due to the fact that many typical parts of a combustion model do not have to be installed in an e-car. If parts are omitted, that should also result in cost savings in maintenance and service - right?

We can already say in advance - yes! An electric car is less maintenance-intensive and therefore more cost-effective for all services. If this statement is enough for you, we have put together some e-car models for you:

Thanks to the innovation bonus, a small or medium-sized electric car is currently no more expensive than a comparable combustion model. You save money with the purchase as well as with “refueling” and maintenance.

What components does an electric car consist of?

As far as the structure and function of an electric car is concerned, it is simpler than a comparable combustion model. A classic eight-cylinder engine has a total of around 1,200 components, an electric car engine only has around 17 - which is an incredibly large saving. The best-known components that an electric car no longer needs are probably the oil filter, spark plugs, toothed belt, water pump, radiator, clutch and an exhaust system.

The clutch in particular is a component in a classic car that can quickly lead to high costs if a defect occurs. A clutch change can easily cost up to 2,000 euros - if the toothed belt has to be replaced, it quickly costs 3,000 euros.

By and large, an electric car consists of the body, the electric motor, the battery, a simple 1-speed automatic transmission and the power electronics.

Which electric car parts need to be serviced?

Electronics and electrics are basically maintenance-free, but can still break suddenly, which is why you should definitely have them checked during an inspection. The brakes are of course also used in an electric car, which is why they should also be checked regularly - even if they are protected by recuperation. It also does not harm the electric motor if an expert glance is taken from time to time.

This means that regular service is necessary for both combustion and electric cars. However, the inspection requirements vary greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer. For example, Tesla drivers are not under pressure because they do not have specific mandatory dates. The manufacturer only advises to have an inspection carried out every 2 years.

Some manufacturers prescribe an annual service or depending on the 15,000 kilometers driven. However, this is similar with combustion models and also very different from brand to brand. In the case of an e-car, the guarantee is often no longer dependent on maintenance.

Why is it so cheap to maintain an electric car?

The exact costs are of course also dependent on the manufacturer, but generally fewer parts need to be serviced in an electric car. The oil change in a combustion engine is often expensive because the fresh oil has a high price, an electric car does not need oil. You don't have to change the fuel filter, nor do you have to change spark plugs. At some point you also have to replace the brakes of an electric car, but you have the advantage that there is less brake wear because fewer braking interventions are necessary.

Air filters and windshield wiper fluid are things that also have to be replaced or refilled in an electric car, but this does not drive up the price. The battery should also be checked by the manufacturer at certain intervals.

The missing components in an electric car are often the result of a combustion engine that typically leads to repairs. The ignition system, alternator or cylinder head cannot break in an electric car because they are not installed. It is therefore assumed that an electric car will have to go to the workshop less overall. Statistics over the next few years will still have to prove whether this is really true.

Maintenance intervals and maintenance costs - examples from individual manufacturers

This question may sound strange at first, but nowadays you don't have to go to the workshop for maintenance or inspection. We have selected some manufacturers for you and tell you how the service works there:

Volkswagen

Maintenance using OTA, “over the air”, is becoming increasingly popular and VW would like to offer this service in the future. To do this, however, technical foundations must be created, some of which already exist.

For VW, however, it is out of the question that maintenance on the part of the manufacturer is completely omitted. Due to road safety, the brakes and brake fluid should be checked or replaced regularly.

The manufacturer states that the e-Golf and e-up! need an inspection every 30,000 kilometers. During this small inspection, only the cabin filter is changed. After 60,000 kilometers or three years, the major inspection is due. The brake fluid is then renewed here. For the ID. Models, service is provided after two years at the latest with unlimited mileage. There, the brake fluid and the cabin filter will be changed at the same time.

Renault

You should drive a Renault electric car to an inspection once a year, which is quite cheap at around 120 euros. The brakes last a long time thanks to recuperation and are not broken even after three years and 55,000 kilometers.

Kia and Nissan

Kia does not do without maintenance either. This is also justified with the argument of road safety. Here, too, the focus is on the brakes and the tires. Nevertheless, the manufacturer states that the cost of maintenance should only be half that of a combustion model. Every 12 months or after 15,000 kilometers, maintenance and a body inspection are required for the e-Niro and e-Soul.

The same applies to the Nissan Leaf. After a year, the small inspection is due, which costs around 85 euros. Major maintenance is necessary after two years, which costs around 150 euros. Remote maintenance “over the air” will not be offered by either Kia or Nissan in the near future.

smart and Mercedes

Anyone who drives a smart has to come to the workshop for an inspection every year or after 20,000 kilometers. “Over the air” is not yet planned. Unlike Mercedes, the manufacturer already uses this technology to make remote diagnoses and carry out updates.

Tesla

You could almost have guessed it: Tesla has been using technology “over the air” for a long time, which allows remote maintenance. This means that software problems can be updated from a control center or errors can be corrected, especially in the event of software problems. In addition, Tesla does not stipulate any maintenance intervals for its customers, but does recommend that an inspection be carried out every two years.

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  • You know all prices even before the first talk with the dealer
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Stress-free & without negotiating about your new car

  • You know all prices even before the first talk with the dealer
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  • No hidden costs for car buyers