There are financial and environmental benefits to electric vehicles, but what will the switch mean on a practical level?
We take a look at the main differences between electric cars and petrol, and what car parts you’ll still need to replace.
Petrol versus electric vehicles
The main difference of course is that you’ll be saying goodbye to fuel. Electric vehicles have engines powered by batteries that will last for several years, depending on the battery type, car make and model and vehicle use. Charging stations are being built around the nation right now in preparation for a greater uptake in electric vehicles.
Electric engines have fewer parts and some things you won’t need to worry about anymore include mufflers, spark plugs, engine oil and radiator fluid. There’s also a modified drive system, which means there’s no transmission.
The car parts you’ll still need to replace
While electric vehicles will need far less maintenance, some traditional car parts are still required. This includes the brakes. Electric vehicles use a system called regenerative braking. It works by converting kinetic energy into chemical energy which is then stored in the battery and used to help power the vehicle. The upshot of this is the brake pads will still need to be regularly checked and replaced as needed, and you’ll still need brake fluid.
The bottom line
It’s pretty clear electric vehicles are the future of motoring around the world. That’s great news for the planet, and in the long run, the hip pocket with lower running costs. It won’t however mean a complete revolution in car parts and maintenance. Like any machine, electric vehicles will need looking after with regular servicing, and replacement of worn components. When you’re ready to make the switch, we’ll be here with a comprehensive range of vehicle parts to meet your needs.