Electric vehicles are becoming an increasingly popular selection among car buyers in the UK.
Over 267,000 purely electric vehicles were purchased in 2022 in the UK according to statistics from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. This marks a 40% increase on electric vehicle purchases compared to the previous year.
For many new owners of electric vehicles, this will be the first vehicle of its kind they have had to maintain. If this is the case, electric vehicle maintenance can feel like a step into the dark, particularly when looking to ensure a high level of performance and longevity.
If this sounds like you, then fear not. In the latest Thurlow Nunn blog, we offer a number of valuable tips available for electric car owners to help them get the most out of their vehicle.
To start, we must focus on caring for the battery in your electric vehicle. This is fundamental in getting you from A to B, so ensuring your battery is in a good state is a vital part of running any electric vehicle.
Regular charging is one of the best ways to maintain the health of your electric vehicle’s battery. This helps maximise its range and supports a positive battery life.
The way in which you charge your battery is also important. Look to use dedicated EV charging stations as often as possible. Fast charging sessions can be great in certain situations, but using them too regularly may damage your battery over the course of time.
Also look to avoid overcharging, as this can damage your car’s battery. Equally, letting the battery get too low too regularly can be detrimental to its health.
There are also a number of things you can do to help extend the lifespan of your electric vehicle battery. These include keeping it cool and avoiding extreme temperatures. Reducing idle time can also be really helpful, so doing regular drives and usage is worthwhile.
Every driver will know the importance of maintaining the tires of their car. A tire problem is a great way to derail a journey and these things have a habit of hitting at very inconvenient times.
When it comes to electric vehicles, the same levels of diligence need to be given to tires as would be the case with any other vehicle.
Low pressure in tires can reduce the range of an electric vehicle and lead to an increase in energy consumption – something drivers should be keen to avoid.
If considering buying an electric vehicle, an option to look into is low rolling resistance tires. These tires are designed to reduce energy loss as a tire rolls, with many designed specifically for electric vehicles.
Regular tire rotations can also be of benefit, helping to ensure even wear and prolong the life of your tires.
The way in which you drive can also impact your tires. Accelerating and braking in a smooth fashion limits tire wear and boosts energy efficiency, helping to get more out of your tires for longer.
Having an efficient braking system is an important component of any vehicle.
One difference with electric vehicles is regenerative braking. This is a system within many electric vehicles that helps recover energy and extend the range of your battery. Embracing regenerative braking is therefore an excellent way to maintain your vehicle and get more out of it.
Having said this, it is also a good idea to utilise the car’s manual braking system on occasion, as this prevents it from seizing up or deteriorating due to lack of use.
As with every type of vehicle, carrying out regular checks is vital when it comes to maintenance. With electric vehicle braking specifically, brake pads, rotors and fluid levels should be looked at regularly to ensure optimal performance and safety is maintained.
Comfort behind the wheel is always something to prioritise, so ensuring the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system in your electric vehicle is working correctly is worthwhile.
It is a good idea to use pre-conditioning while connected to a charging station. This helps to minimise energy consumption, while you can also reduce the HVAC system's usage when possible by using things like seat heaters instead of cabin heating for example.Keeping HVAC filters clean is also a good move, as is making regular replacements. This helps to maintain optimal airflow and system efficiency.
And even small things can make a difference on this front. Parking your vehicle in shaded areas on warm days for example can keep your car cooler, while using sunshades can help minimise the need for excessive cooling during hot weather.
Any buyer of an electric vehicle should receive a recommended maintenance schedule from the manufacturer. This can give you a good idea of the best approach to take in order to get the most from your vehicle.
Regular servicing is well worthwhile, as is carrying out essential maintenance checks. You can reduce electric vehicle maintenance costs by having a professional assess every aspect of your vehicle. This means regular checks or visits to the garage shouldn’t be necessary.
We at Thurlow Nunn are proud to have an excellent servicing offering for electric vehicle owners. Our team of experts can work on all types of electric vehicles, and give your car a once over to ensure all is running as it should be. We can diagnose any issues, and help set you on the right path to getting your electric vehicle operating in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Electric vehicle servicing from Thurlow Nunn can give you peace of mind, particularly as the expertise needed for checking electric vehicles is not as commonly available as it is with traditional petrol vehicles. But with a service from our team, you can rest assured that your electric vehicle is in safe hands and can enjoy the benefits of electric vehicles with ease.
It is also beneficial to service your electric vehicle in keeping with the prescribed service intervals for your car, as this will maintain warranty coverage. And be sure to always keep a record of the maintenance and service your vehicle receives.
By being disciplined and vigilant when it comes to your electric vehicles maintenance, it is possible to ensure optimal performance and truly enjoy the numerous benefits of owning an electric vehicle.
Here at Thurlow Nunn, we are proud to offer a broad range of electric vehicles, including brand new Vauxhall electric vehicles and Peugeot electric vehicles. There is also a great selection of used electric vehicles available from Thurlow Nunn, so be sure to take a look and find a car that meets your needs.
Thurlow Nunn has locations across the east of England, so find your local Thurlow Nunn dealership and plan an electric vehicle servicing with us, or simply start the search for your next vehicle.
You can contact our team of experts today if you have questions. We will be delighted to be of service.