As the popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) continues to grow, owners should be aware of the importance of regular servicing and maintenance to ensure optimal performance and longevity. In this guide, we will explore the history of EVs, and the rise of EVs in the United States, and provide essential tips for maintaining an EV.

A Brief History of Electric Vehicles

While it may seem like a uniquely 21st-century innovation, the first EVs were developed in the mid to late 1800s! But the EV as we know it today, really takes shape in the 1990s with the EV1 from General Motors. While it wasnt an economic success, it contained many of the features found in todays EVs and genuinely paved the way for the EV revolution were seeing today.

The Rise of Electric Vehicles in the United States

From GMs forgotten one-off in the 90s, the electric vehicle market has truly exploded. From 2020 to 2021 alone, EV sales in the US more than doubled. 2022 marked the milestone of 10 million EVs sold. There are even estimates that by 2030, 40% of all vehicles will be electric. While the EV isnt poised to take over their gas-powered siblings just yet, their presence continues to be felt on American roads.

Tips for Maintaining an Electric Vehicle

Whether its powered by gas or electricity, there is always going to be a basic maintenance regimen that you should follow. Check out our winter and summer vehicle checklists here for more general maintenance info. However, EVs do pose specific challenges and require specific maintenance. 

Battery Maintenance

The battery is the beating heart of any electric vehicle and keeping your EVs battery well-maintained is essential.

  • Avoid extreme temps if possible. Extreme hot or cold is extremely detrimental to an EVs battery. 
  • Dont use fast chargers exclusively. While convenient, fast charging stations can reduce the life of your vehicles battery. And in most cases, they are the more expensive option.
  • Dont fully charge or deplete your battery. This is another factor that could reduce your EVs battery life. For daily use, most EV manufacturers recommend charging the battery to between 85% and 90%. 
Brakes

Because of the electric motor regenerative braking function (learn more about regenerative braking here), the brake pads of an EV degrade slower than in a gas-powered vehicle. That being said, its still important to keep a close eye on brake fluid and pads.

Tires

The tires of an EV are especially important. Because of an EVs extra weight, tires will likely wear faster than with a normal vehicle. Its also important to note that some EV manufacturers will use tires with a shallower tread depth to maximize the EVs range. And while it may mean extra miles, it also means that you may be replacing your tires sooner.

Regular servicing and maintenance are vital for EV owners to ensure their vehicles’ optimal performance and longevity. By understanding the history of EVs, their rise in popularity, and implementing the provided tips, you can ensure that your EV delivers the best experience while minimizing long-term costs. If you have questions or need an estimate after a collision, get in touch at any of our eight Eustis Body Shop locations across Central and Eastern Nebraska. And now three locations in Lincoln!