Maintaining an Electric Vehicle

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Electric vehicles are growing in popularity due to their impressive technology advancements. They offer you the ability to drive on pure electric power so that you won’t have to worry about stopping at the gas pump when you’re driving around . Not to mention most new electric vehicles provide a wide range of modern amenities and technology features to take your commute to the next level.

With so much to love about electric vehicles, many shoppers may be wondering what maintaining one is like. Fortunately, electric vehicles technically have fewer moving parts, so you can expect them to be a bit simpler to maintain. Today, the service experts from Sam Leman Automotive Group will help you explore the basic electric vehicle maintenance schedule and answer some common questions about electric vehicle maintenance such as:

  • Do electric vehicles have transmissions?
  • Do electric vehicles use oil?
  • How long do electric vehicle batteries last?
  • And more!

General Electric Vehicle Maintenance Schedule

You can count on our technicians to keep your vehicle running smoothly on the roads for many years to come. We offer a wide range of service tips and tricks for you to follow, and today we’re going to touch on the maintenance schedule for electric vehicles. While EVs technically have fewer moving parts and therefore less maintenance to worry about, there are still maintenance items you should take care of if you have an electric vehicle.

Most of these maintenance items are ones that you’ll also need to be aware of if you’ve got a standard vehicle with an internal combustion engine. While we suggest you reference your owner’s manual for specifics, here is the general EV maintenance schedule you can take a look at to get an idea of what maintenance is like on an electric vehicle:

30 Days

  • Inspect tire pressure
  • Inspect excessive tire wear
  • Inspect windshield washer fluid

7,500 Miles

  • Rotate tires
  • Inspect battery coolant level
  • Inspection suspension
  • Inspect brakes
  • Inspect battery
  • Inspect coolant

15,000 Miles

  • Inspect windshield wiper blades

36,000 Miles

  • Inspect/replace cabin filter


  • Inspect/replace suspension
  • Inspect/replace coolant

These are just the general service recommendations for electric vehicles, so make sure you work with a service professional or reference your owner’s manual to confirm your factory-recommended service intervals.

Common Electric Vehicle Maintenance FAQs

Although most drivers understand that electric vehicles have electric motors instead of an internal combustion engine, many are still unsure about what maintenance is like. To help you get a better understanding of electric vehicle maintenance, here are some of the common questions and answers about maintaining an electric vehicle:

  • Do electric vehicles have transmissions? Electric vehicles technically do have transmissions, but not in the same way that regular vehicles do. You’ll likely still have to maintain your EV transmission similarly to how you’d maintain the transmission in a vehicle with an internal combustion engine.
  • Do electric vehicles use oil? So, do electric vehicles use oil? No. Electric vehicles do not have an internal combustion engine and therefore do not need oil. No oil means no oil changes.
  • How long do EV batteries last? Thanks to advancements in technology, your EV battery can be expected to last a long time. Some owners report their electric vehicle battery lasting as long as 200,000 miles and even more.
  • Do brakes last longer in an electric vehicle? Yes, brakes do last longer in an electric vehicle. This is because EVs have regenerative braking systems that use the momentum of the vehicle to recharge the battery as you’re driving around Bloomington, Morton, Peoria. Because of this, your standard vehicle brakes will be used less, resulting in a longer lifespan.

Stick to Your Electric Vehicle Maintenance Schedule With Sam Leman Automotive Group!

If you’re looking for a more in-depth answer to, “Do electric vehicles have transmissions?”, or you’re curious about the other maintenance items involved with owning an EV, we’ve got you covered at Sam Leman Automotive Group. Stop by at one of our various locations today for more information on electric vehicles. If you have any questions, please let us know how we can help!


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