8 Essential Electric Car Service Questions to Ask

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Are you curious about electric cars? Electric vehicle (EV) owners in Monticello, MN love to talk about the benefits of EVs, of which there are plenty! However, we think it’s important for prospective buyers to ask the right questions before they can decide if electric driving suits their road habits in Anoka, MN. With that said, we’ve taken some time to answer eight essential electric car service questions in the guide below!



1. Do Electric Cars Need Oil?

The first question we typically hear is, “Do electric cars need oil?” No, EVs require no engine oil to operate. Why is that? EVs don’t have gas-powered internal combustion engines, so there’s no engine oil needed to offer the lubrication that gas-powered vehicles need. 

Note that if you’re thinking about a hybrid car instead of an electric car, in that case, you will still need engine oil and regular oil changes. This is because hybrid cars operate on an electric battery alongside a gas-powered combustion engine, so lubrication from oil is required for the engine’s moving parts.

2. Do Electric Cars Have Horsepower?

You might now be wondering, “If electric cars have no engine, do electric cars have horsepower?” Yes! EVs do have horsepower, but if you’re checking out performance specs for certain makes and models, you might not see it measured as “horsepower.” Rather, some automakers measure horsepower in their EVs as “KW.” If you’re ever wondering how an EV’s KW translates into the more familiar horsepower, you can do a quick Google Search for “kw to hp,” and use the converter to better understand the performance of the vehicle you’re considering.

3. Do Electric Cars Have a Transmission?

Yes. However, many EVs have a single-speed transmission rather than a multi-speed (6-speed, 8-speed, etc.) transmission as you’ll see in gas-powered cars. That’s because electric motors generate an equal amount of torque regardless of RPM in a given range. Revving to generate torque isn’t necessary with electric motors because EVs get instantaneous power. Gear ratios are precalculated and carefully coordinated, so the driver doesn’t have to worry about changing gears.

4. Do Electric Cars Have Alternators?

No, you will not find alternators in EVs — or hybrids, for that matter. Instead, these types of vehicles have a DC-to-DC converter that recharges the battery using power from the battery pack.

5. Do Electric Cars Have Catalytic Converters?

No. The job of a catalytic converter is to remove byproducts from an internal combustion engine. As we’ve discussed, there is no engine in an EV. Thus, the catalytic converter is not necessary.

6. Do Electric Cars Have Exhaust Systems? 

No. Electric cars don’t burn fuel for power, meaning there are no exhaust gases to manage. So, there are no exhaust pipes.

7. Do Electric Cars Have Heaters/Do Electric Cars Have Air Conditioning? 

Yes! Your trips to Ramsey, MN will feel just as comfortable in an EV as in a gas-powered vehicle. Electric cars use electricity stored in the batteries to operate the HVAC system. 

8. Do Electric Cars Last Longer Than Gas Cars? 

No matter what type of car you drive, how long it lasts ultimately depends on how well you maintain it and, eventually, how much you wish to spend on replacing major components. Depending on your outlook, EVs may have the advantage where longevity is concerned because they don’t have engines, eliminating one of the most significant repairs in a vehicle’s later stages of life.

Learn More About Electric Car Service

Are you wanting to learn more about any of these questions, like “Do electric cars have a transmission?” Cornerstone Auto is glad to offer service tips and other insights to help you make a confident decision and care for your vehicle in the future, no matter what type of power source it uses! Contact us anytime for more EV and hybrid information.


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