It’s 2023, and everyone is pushing electric and hybrid vehicles. They are the future right? Well they are also the present, and although still a minority on the road, the market is growing at a rapid rate. That’s why at RT Mechanics we are prepared for this change. Servicing these kinds of vehicles does require specialist equipment and a different set of tools and knowledge. We are constantly training our staff and investing in the latest technology to keep up in this ever changing world. A lot of independent garages can’t afford to change or there is an element of snobbery, perhaps even anger and resentment towards EV and hybrid vehicles. We are different and are embracing the future and the now!
While it is still a relatively new and novel industry, prices are going to be relatively expensive however we feel that we are incredibly competitive and our aim is always to provide the best service at the lowest price. You can bring your vehicle into us, and save significant money compared to the original manufacturer, and as it’s going to be new, it won’t void any warranty it may have on it.
An electric car is a breeze to maintain – due to its no-combustion engine, you don’t have to spend money on constant replacement of consumables like air/fuel filters, spark plugs, timing belts or oil. It’s an effortless and cost-effective choice for any driver! In addition to the regular inspections of headlights, wheel bearings, tyres, chassis parts, suspension components and brake components; a closer check on an EV’s charging port for any signs of damage must be conducted. Moreover its reduction gearbox oil level needs checking and topping-up if necessary.
Unfortunately, on many EVs, degradation of the high voltage battery is part and parcel of these vehicles. Even so, checking the high voltage battery condition is part of a typical service schedule but on some models you can do this yourself without even leaving the drivers seat!
Hybrids require a bit more intricate maintenance with the combination of an internal combustion engine and other necessary components. These extra parts include filters, lubricants, and additional utilities for proper functioning.
A further issue is that we must ensure that the high voltage system is discharged, not only for the technician’s safety but also to ensure that the engine does not start itself. While an oil change is being conducted, for example, would cause serious mechanical harm if conducted incorrectly. In general, therefore, expect the maintenance invoice to be higher for a hybrid than for a pure EV.