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Our tips on maintenance for your electric car

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11/03/2020

Our tips on maintenance for your electric car

If you are considering the switch to an electric car, or have recently gone over to the ‘green side’ you might have a few questions about maintenance.

Below, we have shared some of the most important things you can do, day to day, to keep your electric car happy.  

Servicing

In most cases, your electric car’s motor won’t need the same level of maintenance that a traditional combustion engine would. There are fewer parts to deal with and you won’t need to worry about changing the oil or replacing fuel filters. 

However, you will still need to service your electric car,  so adhere to the suggested schedule from the manufacturer. 

Your brakes 

EVs use ‘regenerative braking’ – let’s explain. 

When you brake in your electric car, the kinetic energy is converted into electricity that helps you to power your vehicle. 

Where possible, try to avoid driving at high speeds – not only will this help the battery to last longer, it will minimise the need to slam on the brakes, which will wear them down. 

Park in the shade

Yes – really! 

One of the best things that you can do to extend the overall life of your battery is to park your car in the shade when possible. This is because the thermal management system will respond to the heat and will keep running in the sun. Additionally, you also run the risk of having your battery overheat if you park in a hot spot for a long time.

Don’t Overcharge the Battery

Resist the temptation to charge your battery all the time to 100% capacity - overcharging can cause serious problems. You’ll probably have heard the same advice about your mobile phone! A good aim is to charge the car’s battery to about 80%.

Also – try not to leave you car standing with little or no battery power – this can be detrimental to a car’s battery life. 

For best results, don’t leave your car with a small amount of charge for more than two weeks at a time.

Basic Maintenance 

Just because you’re driving an electric vehicle, doesn’t mean that standard car maintenance rules don’t apply.

Checking tyre tread depth and coolant levels should be a regular occurrence. Don’t neglect your wiper blades and ensure you’ve got screen wash at all times.

An occasional valet is a good idea too – especially if you are leasing as this will minimise any wear and tear costs at the end of your contract. 

We hope you find this tips and hints useful and enjoy looking after your new electric car. 

Top tips for driving in snow ❄️

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26/02/2020

Top tips for driving in snow ❄️

Snow has made an appearance across many areas of the UK this week. Did you know that not defrosting your windscreen adequately and leaving snow on your car could result in a fine and penalty points on your licence?

Section 229 of the Highway Code outlines how drivers should prepare their car before they set off after adverse weather conditions.  It says:

“You MUST be able to see, so clear all snow and ice from all your windows. You MUST ensure that lights are clean and number plates are clearly visible and legible.”

“Make sure the mirrors are clear and the windows are demisted thoroughly.”

Here's a few tips on how to drive safely in snowy conditions ❄️

  1. If the snow is heavy, only go out if absolutely necessary.
  2. Spend an extra few minutes brushing snow from your roof and bonnet, scraping the ice and warming the car before you set off!  
  3. Pack your car with extra layers, sensible footwear and a shovel.
  4. Drive slowly - be aware of everything around you.
  5. Accelerate and decelerate slowly. 
  6. Significantly increase the distance between yourself and the car in front.
  7. Keep going - try not to stop and start, especially on hills.
  8. If you do stop, pull away in second gear. If you car has 'winter mode' switch it on.
  9. Don't power up a hill - slow and steady.
  10. If you need to abadon your car and walk, try to do so in a safe place.

Stay safe ❄️