Are you considering an electric vehicle (EV) as your next car? While electric cars require regular maintenance, do they need a Kia oil change? Learn what kind of maintenance is required for an EV and if this entails an oil change.

Oil Changes and Electric Cars

EVs do not require an oil change. Unlike a gasoline or diesel engine, no oil is used to power the electric engine.

EV engines do not have a spark plug or a fan belt, two components that require oil to run. In addition to never needing an oil change, EVs will also never require:

  • A spark plug replacement
  • A fuel filter replacement
  • A transmission fluid change
  • Any part replacements that require motor oil or lubricant

Required Maintenance

There are several components in an EV that will need routine care. This includes the following parts:

  • Motor – EV motors last 15 to 20 years on average.
  • Battery – Keep the battery strong with regular use and recharging. EV batteries last 10 to 20 years on average.
  • Tires – Tires in an EV require a rotation every six months just like in a regular vehicle. They also need to be inflated at the recommended psi.
  • Brakes – EVs use regenerative braking as opposed to friction-based brakes. Nevertheless, they still require eventual replacement. Intervals differ between models.

What About Hybrid Cars?

Hybrid cars have a combustible engine, and will therefore require regular oil changes. However, intervals are less frequent. Modern hybrid vehicles can go an average 10,000 miles between oil changes.

Come by Folsom Lake Kia to see our inventory or make an appointment for a vehicle maintenance. Models like the Kia Niro are available in an electric variant and don’t need oil changes ever.