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Fonz
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28th Nov 19 at 12:52   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

A query popped into my head this week and I turn to CS to see if anyone has the answer.


our ICE motors require annual servicing or thereabouts, be it an oil change, filters or something more significant like brakes or even a new exhaust fitted.

these elements are not relevant to a full electric car, be that a Zoe, Leaf or a Tesla...

so what are the servicing needs of these electric vehicles?
should owners still expect annual servicing to replace a pollen filter and....err....what else??
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They've replaced traditional servicing with an online schedule instead, basically the period of a maximum of three weeks and instead of changing parts you log in to Facebook or Twitter and tell someone that you have an electric car.

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I think once a year you have to disconnect the battery and give it a lick to test it
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Other than mechanical consumables like Brake Pads/Discs and software updates there isn't much else to "service".

The main killer with EVs is the life span of the batteries, they deteriorate over time.

Amazingly early Tesla's have a MILLION MILE warranty on the batteries (there are 8,250 individual cells in a Model S!) and motor.


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They make better use of the brakes if they regen I believe.

Does look a lot less work to run one but I still struggle with becoming that guy.
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quote:
Originally posted by Ian
They make better use of the brakes if they regen I believe.

Does look a lot less work to run one but I still struggle with becoming that guy.


Dont be so sure, the car is heavier and takes more stopping, then regen doesnt happen when the battery is full,

unlike f1 where they downsize the brakes becuase of regen, road cars are the opposite, they have larger brakes to stop them over heating in the event of no regen assistance under sustained braking,
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quote:
Originally posted by Ian
They make better use of the brakes if they regen I believe.

Does look a lot less work to run one but I still struggle with becoming that guy.


I missed out on a salvage leaf for 2,600 - I had plans to put a massive sticker on the back saying:

"THIS IS THE FUTURE OF MOTORING"

and underneath in smaller writing "DISAPOINTING ISNT IT".

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Originally posted by tom130691


Dont be so sure, the car is heavier and takes more stopping, then regen doesnt happen when the battery is full,

unlike f1 where they downsize the brakes becuase of regen, road cars are the opposite, they have larger brakes to stop them over heating in the event of no regen assistance under sustained braking,


There really isn't much in it.

Compare an E-Golf to a GTI and there's like 100kg in it, you could get that difference between a poverty spec car and the high spec model.. The hybrids (especially the plug in ones) are significantly heaver.

 
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