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So, Do Electric Cars Use Oil?

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Have you been wondering about the maintenance for your Jefferson electric vehicle? Do electric cars need oil changes? Simply put, the answer is no, electric cars do not need motor oil—you no longer have to worry about that typical maintenance routine! There are still liquids you need to put in your electric vehicle. Electric car oil changes aren’t necessary, but you do require transmission fluid, coolant, and brake fluid changes. Keep reading to learn more! Schedule an appointment at Athens BMW near Greensboro for your next oil change!

 

 

Electric Car Oil Changes: The Fluids You Really Need to Change

Now that Jefferson drivers know the answer to the questions, “do electric cars use oil?” It’s time to discuss what fluids your vehicle does need: brake fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant. Here’s a closer look at what that means in practice:

  • Brake Fluid: Like any type of car, you’ll need to ensure your brake system is properly lubricated in order to remain safe while driving.
  • Transmission fluid: Keeps your gears moving efficiently and well preserved. Because your vehicle will have a transmission, you’ll need to stay on top of transmission fluid changes. Consult your owner’s manual for specific intervals.
  • Coolant: The coolant in your radiator keeps your battery and vehicle systems from overheating.

You’ll also need to schedule tire rotations and wheel alignments on the specific service schedule of your vehicle. You can easily schedule service online with Athens BMW.

Electric Car Oil Change: Electric Vehicle Parts

So, do electric cars need oil? No, but why not? Well, looking further into the anatomy of your electric vehicle can give you an idea of why. Understanding how your electric vehicle differs from traditional gas-powered vehicles will help you prepare for keeping your vehicle in good condition.

Electric vehicles have an electric motor which converts the electrical current from your battery into motion. Alongside the motor are magnets that generate torque. A magnetic field is created around the motor to churn it. Ensuring that your vehicle has the power required to run, also requires charging it up at home or at a charging station in Athens.

Explore the fundamental parts of your vehicle:

  • Charging ports: These are the external chargers you use to charge the battery of your vehicle.
  • Traction motors: These motors turn your vehicle’s wheels.
  • Onboard charger: The charger converts the external charge you receive from a charging port into DC power.
  • DC-DC converter: This converts the high-voltage direct current (DC) power that comes from the battery into the low-voltage DC power that moves the vehicle.
  • Battery: Your battery stores the electricity that powers the motors as you drive.
  • Thermal system: This system keeps your motors and electronic components from overheating.

Get Your Electric Vehicle Serviced at Athens BMW

Do electric cars need oil? As outlined above, you’ll never have to worry about changing the oil in your EV. If it’s getting to that time to have your brake fluid flushed, transmission fluid replaced, or coolant changed, give us a call, and our mechanics are well-equipped to service EVs. Meanwhile, take a moment to explore more EV info like How To Prep Your Home For An EV or How Long It Takes To Charge An EV, on our BMW Research Page.

 

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