Do Electric Cars Use Oil?

2021 Tesla Model Y driving on a curved road

Are you ready to get behind the wheel of one of the used electric vehicles for sale at iAUTOHAUS in Tempe? Along with EV benefits such as zero emissions and instant acceleration, you’ll also save on maintenance costs, as many routine services that a gas-powered vehicle requires are not needed with an EV. Do electric cars use oil? No, you won’t have to worry about scheduling an electric car oil change, since EVs don’t use motor oil. Take a closer look at the maintenance services an electric vehicle requires, and if your EV is due for service near Phoenix, schedule an appointment with us today!

Other Types of Automotive Fluids Used By Electric Cars

Do electric cars need oil? You won’t ever have to get an electric car oil change, but there are other fluids that help you get the most out of your EV performance while ensuring that you enjoy a safe ride on Scottsdale-area roads. Here are the automotive fluids that electric vehicles need:

  • Brake Fluid: This hydraulic fluid amplifies brake force and lubricates the brake system to keep it from corroding, so you will want to make sure that the brake fluid is clean and at the appropriate level.
  • Transmission Fluid: This specialized fluid lubricates the moving parts within the gearbox and provides hydraulic pressure and friction to make the internal parts work smoothly. There are different types of transmission fluid available, so you should consult your owner’s manual to determine which is right for your EV.
  • Coolant: The batteries, converters, and motor in your EV can get very hot while driving. Coolant helps to keep the powertrain from overheating, so it is important to regularly check the coolant level.

Some EV maintenance services that you will need to keep up to date with include tire rotation, wheel alignment, transmission service, and brake inspection and replacement. Your owner’s manual will have the details regarding your specific EV model’s maintenance schedule. Feel free to call our service department at 480-771-0730 if you have any questions or concerns.

Electric Vehicle Parts

EVs are equipped with an electric motor that converts an electrical current from the battery into power to drive the vehicle. While you won’t have to stop at a gas station to refuel your EV, you will need to recharge it either at your home or at one of the many public charging stations in the Tempe area. The charging time will vary depending on the type of EV you drive and the charging method you choose.

Many of the key components of an electric vehicle have to do with the charging system. Here are some of the most important EV-specific parts and systems:

  • Charging ports: External chargers you use to charge the battery of your vehicle
  • Onboard charger: Converts the external charge you receive from a charging port into DC power
  • DC-DC converter: Converts the high-voltage direct current (DC) power that comes from the battery into the low-voltage DC power that moves the vehicle
  • Battery: Stores the electricity that powers the motors as you drive
  • Thermal system: Keeps your motors and electronic components from overheating
  • Traction motors: Turn your vehicle’s wheels

Learn More About EV Maintenance at iAUTOHAUS!

Do electric cars need oil? Do electric cars use oil? No, but other automotive fluids and maintenance tasks are required to keep your EV running safely at peak performance levels on Chandler roads and beyond. You can count on the certified technicians at iAUTOHAUS to handle all of your EV maintenance and repair needs. Our prices are very competitive, and we offer rotating service specials that can help you save on your next electric vehicle service, so come see us today!


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