How to maintain and service your electric car

Written by

Tara Covell

Thursday 1st April 2021

Looking under the bonnet of an electric car can be every different to their more traditionally fuelled counterparts. Plug-in electric cars work very differently to petrol or diesel models meaning they require different maintenance and serving.

You’ll be pleased to hear that unlike a traditional motor, EVs have fewer moving parts, with less to wear out or go wrong but that doesn’t mean you just plug it in and that's it - you'll still to do some general maintenance .

To help you keep your electric car in good nick, we’ve put together some helpful tips to make sure your EV stays as good as new.

Look after your battery

The same as with any other battery, whether it’s in a mobile phone or laptop, it will degrade over time.

Most EV batteries come with a minimum lifespan of 10 years* meaning it’s not something you need to worry about. Even if you are planning on keeping your electric car long term, after 100,000 miles*, batteries are only showing a loss of 5 to 10%* of their capacity.

As much as we like to keep batteries fully charged, this isn’t always the best way to maintain its longevity - neither is running it down to empty. Manufacturers and experts have suggested charging up to between 50 and 80% is when a battery performs at its best.

Check and replace your brake pads

Even though electric cars are more efficient when it comes to braking and slowing down, doesn’t mean that the pads won’t wear out eventually. Always be mindful of how your brakes feel as you would in a traditional motor and if they start to feel spongy, it’s time for a new pair.

Top up your fluids

Even though an EV doesn’t need engine oil or power steering fluid, it still needs brake fluid, coolant and windscreen wash. Make sure to keep these topped up between services to ensure your car runs smoothly and you can see out of your windscreen!


Your tread depth for each tyre needs to be least 1.6mm, which is both a safety and legal requirement on UK roads. Not only is it dangerous to be driving with bald tyres but for each tyre that's illegal, you could be fined £2,500 and have 3 points on your licence if you're caught!

Check your tyres periodically by inserting a 20p piece into your tread, and if it comes above the outer band of the coin, then it's above the legal limit. If it doesn't, you'll need to get it replaced.

It's always good to keep an eye on your tyres to make sure that there are no signs of wear and tear, or any damage caused by potholes or debris from the road.


The same as with a regular car, keep an eye out for any chips or cracks that may appear on your windshield. Any damage that can impair your view of the road needs to be repaired or the windshield replaced in more severe situations.

It's also good practice to ensure your wiper blades are in good condition and your screen wash is fully topped up before setting off on any long journey.

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