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Do Electric Cars Use Oil?

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Is an electric car oil change a required element on your EV maintenance schedule? Do electric cars use oil? Fortunately, the answer to this question is no! EVs do not need oil, so regular oil changes in Leominster are a thing of the past! While your EV does not need oil, it still requires transmission fluid, coolant, and brake fluid. Ron Bouchard's Nissan has more details regarding EV maintenance below, so you can be sure your electric vehicle gets the care it needs in Fitchburg. 

Do Electric Cars Need Oil?

While an electric car oil change is not needed, that does not mean the other fluids in your vehicle do not need to be regularly maintained. The following items will need to be replaced and checked on a regular basis. 

  • Brake Fluid: All vehicles, including EV, have brakes. This means that you will need to keep the brake system properly lubricated for safe driving in Gardner. 
  • Transmission fluid: This fluid ensures that your gears move efficiently and are well preserved. Replacing a transmission can be quite costly, so proper maintenance is a must. You will find the recommended interval to replace transmission fluid in your owner’s manual.
  • Coolant: The coolant in your radiator keeps your battery and vehicle systems from overheating. A car that has overheated can be dangerous. Overheating can also cause unnecessary wear and tear on your vehicle. 

Electric Vehicle Parts 

EVs feature an electric motor, which converts an electrical current from your battery into motion. Magnets alongside the motor are actually what generates torque. It is important to be familiar with the critical components of your EV to keep your vehicle charged and performing at its best. 

  • Charging ports: These external chargers power up your vehicle’s battery. 
  • 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 needed to power the EV motor. 
  • Thermal system: This system helps to prevent the motors and electronic components from overheating.

Maintain Your EV the Correct Way with Ron Bouchard's Nissan

While you won’t need to visit our service center for an electric car oil change, your EV will still need regular service from time to time. We can help! Set up an appointment with our highly-skilled technicians at your earliest convenience. If you are new to EV ownership, learn all about the benefits today. We can also answer any questions about EV charging.

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