Are Electric Cars Reliable?

2022 Chevy Bolt EV Pulling into Driveway
 

We’ve heard from plenty of Sterling Heights-area car buyers who love the environmental benefits of electric cars, but are less sure about EV reliability and maintenance. So, are electric cars reliable? Actually, it’s no more expensive or time-consuming to maintain an electric car than it is to maintain a gas-powered vehicle—and in many cases, EVs are more reliable than gasoline vehicles.

 

 

There’s a simple reason for that: electric vehicles have fewer moving parts, so there’s less that can go wrong. Compare the hundreds of parts found in a typical engine block to the comparatively minimal EV powertrain, which includes just a battery, a transmission, and a motor.

If you’re curious to hear more about EV maintenance, read on! We’ve covered everything you need to know about electric vehicle reliability in the guide below.

Are Electric Vehicles Cheaper to Maintain?

For the same reason that EVs are more reliable than gas-powered vehicles, they also need less maintenance. That translates directly into a lower cost-to-own, from which Macomb Township EV drivers will benefit for as long as they drive their vehicle.

As for maintenance, you’ll be visiting the auto shop less frequently. According to a study by the Yale Climate Connection, EVs are 40% less expensive to maintain than gasoline vehicles. That’s because you’ll no longer have to pay for:

  • Oil changes
  • Gasket replacements
  • Belt replacements
  • Spark plugs
  • Cooling system flushes
  • Engine air filters
  • And so much more!

How Much Does it Cost to Charge an EV?

Saint Clair Shores buyers should note that buying an EV may require a higher cost upfront due to the installation of a home charging system. Still, that investment is quick to pay for itself—it costs far less to power up an EV than it does to fill the tank with gasoline. How much? The EPA rates EVs for “kilowatt-hours per 100 miles,” so you can find out how much it costs to refuel an EV once you’ve determined the cost of a kilowatt-hour in your area. The average cost of one kilowatt-hour in Clinton Township, MI is 19 cents.

Both the Chevy Bolt EV and the Bolt EUV have a 65 kWh battery, so at a rate of 19 cents per kilowatt-hour, a full charge will cost you $12.35. That already looks better than the cost of gasoline—but remember, a fully-charged EV can drive quite a bit further than a car with a full tank of gas! The Bolt can drive for 259 miles on a single charge—so you’re actually getting 259 miles for just $12.35.

How Do You Maintain An Electric Vehicle?

Of course, you do still need to stop in for routine maintenance if you want to optimize your electric vehicle’s reliability and performance. Your EV will need:

  • Battery maintenance to retain charging capability and prevent shrinkage
  • More frequent tire rotation and replacement due to the heavier weight of EVs
  • Regular replacement of coolant, brake fluid, and windshield wiper fluid

Learn More About Electric Car Reliability & Maintenance with Moran Chevrolet, Inc.

We want to make sure that Clinton Township drivers know all about the benefits of EVs! Contact us or stop by today, and let us answer your questions about electric vehicle reliability, performance, and charging stations in Michigan.

 

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