As the world moves to become more environmentally friendly, electric vehicles, sometimes referred to as EVs, have risen in popularity. Just like a conventional, an EV will need to be maintained to continue to operate. While there are many similarities in terms of the services EVs will need compared to conventional vehicles, there are a few things that’ll be different.
What are those differences, you may wonder? Arlington Toyota, a locally owned and operated Toyota dealership serving the areas of Palatine, Arlington Heights, and Rolling Meadows, IL is here to answer that question and many more as part of this EV service guide!
When the time comes for EV service, you’ll find that it’ll require many of the same things that you’re used to, such as:
You’ll notice one common service that’s missing from this list, and that’s an oil change. EVs don’t need oil changes because they don’t require any engine oil. They’re powered by a battery and motor that work in conjunction with each other.
As it pertains to the above list, you’ll usually follow the same mileage guide you would for conventional vehicles. That means having your tires rotated every 7,500 miles or six months, brake fluid inspected every two years or 22,000 miles, and coolant every five years or 150,000 miles.
If you’re driving a commercial EV, it’ll need to meet the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and undergo numerous safety tests just like a conventional vehicle would. Neighborhood vehicles won’t need to undergo testing as strenuous as a commercial EV because they are normally limited to low-speed roadways. This means it’s imperative that you have your commercial EV serviced in a timely manner.
In many cases, EVs can be cheaper to fix than conventional vehicles because there aren’t as many parts that can break down in an EV. You also won’t be responsible for oil changes, as that is one of the most common maintenance services out there. The true answer, however, will depend on how often/far you drive and your driving style.
What you’ll really want to pay attention to when driving an EV is the battery. Every battery in an EV sold in the United States will come with a warranty that’ll last at least eight years or up to 100,000 miles. This is like an engine or transmission in a conventional vehicle, as without the battery in an EV, it can’t run.
Are you looking for EV service in your local area? Our service center will be able to handle it! Our team of technicians are up to date on all the latest EV service trends and are constantly undergoing continuing education on the matter. Just like with a conventional vehicle, they can use genuine OEM Toyota parts when working on a Toyota EV.
If it’s time for EV service, drivers in Palatine, Arlington Heights, and Rolling Meadows can put their trust in the locally owned and operated Arlington Toyota! Contact our team today for a service appointment!