EV Service Questions

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Considering an EV as your next new vehicle purchase? You’ll probably have questions about the service and maintenance requirements for an electric car, truck, or SUV on drives. You’ve heard varying opinions about EVs, no doubt. When it comes to electric car service, you’ll find out that maintenance is less expensive than it is for gasoline-powered vehicles.

Read our guide to electric car service to find out more information. We think you’ll be impressed with our selection of EVs at Kempthorn Motors.

We’ll go over:

  • Do electric cars need oil?
  • Do electric cars have a transmission?
  • Electric car service you need for best results

Do Electric Cars Need Oil?

No, electric cars do not need oil. That’s one of the joys of owning an EV. Only gasoline-powered engines require oil as the pistons move up and down. There are far fewer moving parts in an EV, so you won’t have to worry about oil changes, spark plugs, fuel lines, radiators, radiator fluid, and more. So, do electric cars need oil? Rest assured, they don’t need oil for drives and beyond. 

Do Electric Cars Have a Transmission? 

Yes, EVs still have a transmission. However, that transmission is different from the transmission on gasoline vehicles. Most electric car transmissions have just one single speed, giving them near-instantaneous torque. 

Do electric cars have a transmission and how does it work? 

  1. When you step on the accelerator, electricity is sent from the battery to the electric motor, which spins like a turbine.
  2. As the motor spins, it also spins the gearbox. The gearbox is what most drivers refer to when they’re talking about the transmission in an electric vehicle.
  3. As the electric motor and gearbox spin, your EV will begin to move. Some electric motors can rotate up to 20,000 rpm. 

Your specific model may need transmission service every once in a while. It depends on your exact model. 

What Other Electric Car Services are Needed? 

See the other electric car services you’ll need to take care of when owning an EV.

Battery Maintenance

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory of the United States predicts EV batteries will have service lives between 12 and 15 years in moderate climates. Extreme environments may reduce the service life to between eight and 12 years. It’s a good idea to avoid driving in extreme temperatures to make sure your EV’s battery lasts as long as possible. EVs have 12-volt batteries to power the electric accessories in your car because the motorized batteries are too powerful for when the vehicle needs maintenance. 

Wiper Fluid and Windshield Wipers

Windshield wipers generally last about six months. We suggest getting new wiper blades every six months for the best results. Look at your wiper fluid once a month to make sure you have enough.

Brake Fluid

EVs don’t wear their brakes as often as internal combustion vehicles because of regenerative braking systems. However, you might need new brake fluid every 30,000 miles to make sure the brakes work properly. 


EVs are a bit heavier than vehicles with internal combustion engines. As such, tires typically wear out faster. Inspect the tread on your tires every six months. You might need to replace tires every 30,000 miles, depending on your tires and how often you drive. Typical tires last 50,000 miles.

Cabin Air Filter

Your cabin air filter needs periodic replacement because it will eventually get pollen, dust, and debris in it. This part is typically behind the glove box or the dashboard, and you might need a new one every one to two years.

Test Drive a New Electric Vehicle at Kempthorn Motors!

Ready to get behind the wheel of an EV in Canton? Contact us or call 330-452-6511 to schedule a test drive at your convenience. We think one of these vehicles will look great in your garage!


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