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8 Electric Car Service Questions

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Understanding your electric car service needs will help you get a long and dependable life out of your EV. If you’re a new EV owner in the Belton area, you likely have a lot of questions about your vehicle’s maintenance requirements. At Don Ringler Toyota, we are your EV and hybrid source in Temple, and we’re here to answer all your service-related questions. To help you keep your EV in peak condition, here are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive.

1. Do Electric Cars Need Oil?

“Do electric cars need oil?” is an extremely common question, and the answer is simple: No. EVs only use electric power to run, so they don’t require oil changes. Oil is designed to lubricate the various parts of an internal combustion engine, and EVs have electric powertrains rather than gas-powered combustion engines. When you own an EV, you can permanently remove “oil change” from your electric car service checklist.

Bear in mind that hybrid vehicles need both an electric battery and a combustion engine to run. And that means hybrids DO need routine oil changes like any other gasoline-powered vehicle.

2. Do Electric Cars Have a Transmission?

When people ask, “Do electric cars have a transmission?”, they are often surprised by the answer. Yes, EVs have transmissions–but they’re not like standard-vehicle transmissions. Because they produce torque immediately, electric motors don’t need multiple gears. Instead, the gear ratios are predesigned and pre-integrated, which means you don’t have to change gears when driving an EV. Internal combustion engines require several gears with different ratios and power outputs.

3. Do Electric Cars Have Horsepower?

While EVs have horsepower, it’s not measured as such or even called by that name. Most EV automakers measure horsepower in terms of KW. However, horsepower and KW are very similar. Do an internet search for “kw to hp converter” to better understand your EV’s capacity.

4. Do Electric Cars Have Alternators?

There is no alternator on an EV. Both EVs and hybrids use a DC-to-DC converter, which charges the battery with power from the battery pack.

5. Do Electric Cars Have Catalytic Converters?

The job of a catalytic converter is to remove the harmful byproducts produced by an internal combustion engine. Since electric cars don’t have combustion engines, they don’t need catalytic converters. 

6. Do Electric Cars Have Heating & Air Conditioning? 

Yes, EVs have state-of-the-art heating and air conditioning systems. These systems run on electricity stored in the battery, ensuring your comfort on your drives in the Killeen area.

7. Do Electric Cars Have Exhaust Systems? 

EVs don’t generate any exhaust because they don’t use or burn fuel for vehicle power. You will find no exhaust system or tailpipe on your electric car.

8. Do Electric Cars Last Longer Than Gas-Powered Cars? 

Gasoline-powered cars come with a number of benefits. For instance, they can go more miles on a tank of gas. But, in general, EVs last longer–and with fewer repair needs–because they have far fewer moving parts than gas-powered vehicles.

Schedule Electric Car Service at Don Ringler Toyota 

Now that you know some basics of electric car service, schedule a maintenance appointment at Don Ringler Toyota. We’re happy to answer all your questions and provide the service you need to keep your EV in optimal shape on Waco roads. Learn more with our service tips and tricks, and be sure to check out our selection of hybrid vehicles.

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