Save on Maintenance with an Electric Car

September 14th, 2023 by

Save on Maintenance with an Electric Car

When you’re considering purchasing an EV (electric vehicle), comparing EV vs. gas-powered vehicle service and maintenance costs are at the top of the list to research.

Buying an EV comes with a different maintenance schedule and considerations than gas-powered vehicles, also known as ICE (internal combustion engine) vehicles. In general, you can expect to save money in the long run when you buy an EV as EVs have less maintenance needs.

Cost-Saving Benefits of EVs

EVs help our planet by lowering emissions and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. But on a more individual level, they help you save money, with the cost of ownership for an EV being far less than for a gas vehicle.

That’s because of two main factors – cost to run and maintenance. Cost to run is straightforward – using electricity instead of keeping a tank of gas. Cheaper and more sustainable! A Consumer Reports study showed that typical EV owners will save $800 to $1,000 a year on fueling costs.

The cost savings on maintenance is due to EVs having fewer moving parts, meaning there’s no need for oil changes, coolant flushes, and other common vehicle maintenance needs. With an EV’s one-speed transmission, it reduces the wear-and-tear items like clutch, drive belts, spark plugs and valves. In fact, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy states that estimated scheduled maintenance for EVs averages $0.06 cents per mile compared to an ICE vehicle’s $0.10 per mile. For a driver that drives 13,500 miles a year, that’s $540 a year in savings with an EV on maintenance alone.

Basic Maintenance for Electric Vehicles

To keep your EV in top working quality, regular maintenance is critical, just like it is with any vehicle. After all, your vehicle is an essential part of your life and helps you and your loved ones do the things you love every day. Taking care of it ensures its longevity to make sure it will be running smoothly with you for a long time to come.

While EVs have much less maintenance requirements, here’s some of basic needs you should still anticipate when you own an EV:

  • Battery care
  • Brake service
  • Brake fluid service
  • Coolant service
  • Tire care
  • Air filter replacement
  • Windshield wiper blades and fluid

Nissan Electric Vehicle Maintenance Schedule

Nissan Electric Vehicle Maintenance Schedule

To help you understand the regular service needs for Nissan electric vehicles, below are the recommended maintenance schedules for the Nissan LEAF and Nissan ARIYA. Note that while inspections are noted at every interval, actual repair recommendations are quite minimal.

Nissan LEAF’s Maintenance Schedule

 

7,500 Miles/6 Months

·       Rotate tires

·       Inspect the following:

o   Axle & suspension parts

o   Brake pads & rotors

o   Drive shaft boots

o   Front suspension ball joints

o   Steering gear and linkage

o   Steering linkage ball joints

 

15,000 Miles/12 Months

·       Replace brake fluid

·       Replace in-cabin microfilter

·       Rotate tires

·       Inspect the following:

o   Axle & suspension parts

o   Brake lines & cables

o   Brake pads & rotors

o   Charging port

o   Drive shaft boots 1

o   Front suspension ball joints

o   Reduction gear oil

o   Steering gear and linkage

o   Steering linkage ball joints

 

22,500 Miles/18 Months

·       Rotate tires

·       Inspect the following:

o   Nissan Intelligent Key™ battery

o   Axle & suspension parts

o   Brake pads & rotors

o   Drive shaft boots

o   Front suspension ball joints

o   Steering gear and linkage

o   Steering linkage ball joints

 

30,000 Miles/24 Months

·       Replace brake fluid

·       Replace in-cabin microfilter

·       Rotate tires

·       Inspect the following:

o   Axle & suspension parts

o   Brake lines & cables

o   Brake pads & rotors

o   Charging port

o   Charging port sealing cap

o   Drive shaft boots

o   EV Battery Usage Reports

o   Front suspension ball joints

o   Reduction gear oil

o   Steering gear and linkage

o   Steering linkage ball joints

 

And keep repeating at the listed intervals. Maintaining the Nissan LEAF is quite straightforward. There’s no need to concern yourself with engine components or fuel levels whatsoever.

 

 

 

 

 

Nissan ARIYA’s Maintenance Schedule

 

7,500 Miles/6 Months

·       Rotate tires

·       Inspect the following:

o   Horn, lights, signals, wipers, liftgate/ hood lift supports

o   Battery terminals and cables, battery test

o   Tire pressure, treadwear and depth

o   Suspension components (shocks, subframe, tie rods)

o   Charging port

o   Charging port rubber cap

 

15,000 Miles/12 Months

·       Rotate tires

·       Replace in-cabin microfilter

·       Inspect the following:

o   Brake lines & cables

o   Brake pads & rotors

o   Charging port

o   Charging port rubber cap

o   Cooling system

o   Drive shaft boots

o   Reduction gear oil

o   Horn, lights, signals, wipers, liftgate/ hood lift supports

o   Battery terminals and cables, battery test

o   Tire pressure, treadwear and depth

o   Suspension components (shocks, subframe, tie rods)

 

22,500 Miles/18 Months

·       Rotate tires

·       Inspect the following:

o   Inspect Intelligent Key battery

o   Horn, lights, signals, wipers, liftgate/ hood lift supports

o   Battery terminals and cables, battery test

o   Tire pressure, treadwear and depth

o   Suspension components (shocks, subframe, tie rods)

o   Charging port

o   Charging port rubber cap

 

30,000 Miles/24 Months

·       Rotate tires

·       Replace brake fluid

·       Replace in-cabin microfilter

·       Inspect the following:

o   Axle & suspension parts

o   Brake lines & cables

o   Brake pads & rotors

o   Charging port

o   Charging port rubber cap

o   Cooling system

o   Drive shaft boots

o   Front suspension ball joints

o   Reduction gear oil

o   Steering gear and linkage

o   Steering linkage ball joints

o   Horn, lights, signals, wipers, liftgate/ hood lift supports

o   Battery terminals and cables, battery test

o   Tire pressure, treadwear and depth

o   Suspension components (shocks, subframe, tie rods)

 

 

 

While the list is comprehensive in its inspection recommendations, the actual anticipated repairs are minimal and simple to maintain, as long as you’re taking it in for repair regularly to keep it at peak performance.

If that didn’t make it low maintenance and cost-effective enough, if you’re buying a new 2024 Nissan LEAF then you can also expect to receive 3 years/36,000 miles of included scheduled maintenance, with service performed by Nissan-trained EV-certified dealership technicians. Also provided is Tire Hazard Protection to help safeguard you from tire damage.

With minimal maintenance needs, it also makes buying a used electric car more appealing.

How Long Does an EV Battery Last

When considering how much maintenance an EV needs and how many miles it will last, the first thing that pops into most people’s minds is the battery. And for good reason – it’s a critical part of any EV.

According to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, today’s EV batteries will last 12 to 15 years. And you can rest easy knowing that if you buy a Nissan, the 2024 LEAF and 2023 ARIYA both have an 8-year/100,000-mile battery warranty, meaning even if you did have a battery issue you’d be covered. A marked improvement over standard gas-powered vehicle batteries, which typically have lifespans of 3 to 4 years.

But there are a few tips to help you keep your battery humming perfectly for years to come. Here are some suggestions to improve an EV battery’s life:

  • Despite their convenience, it’s better to not use rapid chargers all the time, as that can degrade battery packs at a quicker rate than slower 120- or 240-volt charging.
  • Try not to fully charge or deplete the battery – a charging level of 85% or 90% is best for daily use.

Buying a New or Used EV in Birmingham

Buying a New or Used EV in Birmingham

There’s plenty to consider when you’re thinking of buying a car of any kind, and considering an EV adds an extra layer to the puzzle. But when you consider that it’s cheaper to own an electric car vs. a gas-powered car, it’s worth doing your research to see if an EV is right for you. At Hallmark Nissan we’d love to be your Birmingham car dealership of choice as you investigate your EV options. If you’re near Hoover and looking for a car, give us a call at 205-324-3371 and we’ll be happy to help you find the right fit for you.

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