What needs to be serviced in an EV?
The reality is EV service costs are reduced, but there’s still stuff that has to be checked regularly whatever vehicle you’re driving, be it ICE or EV; radiator coolants, air-conditioning filters, 12v batteries, brake fluid and pads, suspension and steering components and tyres.
There are also EV-specific items like electric motors and high-voltage battery packs that have to be monitored even though they are sealed units.
“With the big EV battery it’s done through a diagnostic machine because you can’t drop it out and lift it up to check all the different cells,” explains Wacker. “You are checking the state of charge on the battery.”
Two key consumables often mentioned as behaving differently in an EV compared to a similarly-sized ICE vehicle are tyres and brake pads.
Some EVs are known to wear out tyres quicker because they weigh more – thanks to those big battery packs - and deliver maximum accelerative torque from standstill because of the way electric motors behave.
Do brakes and tyres wear out faster on an EV?
EVs are said to save on brake pads because the regenerative braking process means traditional friction brakes aren’t relied on as much to stop.
Kia Australia’s Head of Aftersales Phil Murray says he is seeing reduced brake pad wear but is unsure about the tyre issue in relation to the EVs he oversees, which are the EV6 and Niro.
“I haven’t seen any evidence of that one way or the other, I think the jury is still out on that,” he says.
He points out tyre makers are developing specific EV rubber, and from his knowledge, that seems to be helping negate increased wear.
“At the end of the day when you have high-performance cars you are going to wear tyres at a higher rate, and that’s a fact of life.
“[But] from the time we’ve had these [EV] cars on the road we’ve not had one adverse comment about tyre wear come back to us at all from dealers or the public.”
*Service costs and price for 2022 Seltos quoted. Model year 2023 update not yet available.