Electric vehicles—vehicles with 1 or more electric motors, a 1-speed transmission, and a large, rechargeable battery pack—have been the big news in the automotive world for several years and still are. Their appeal is expanding as automakers increase their range, power, utility, and style.
Nearly every major automaker is now producing EVs or will in the near future—sometimes on an ambitious scale. Nearly 2 dozen EVs are for sale in the U.S. now, and at least 50 more are expected in the next 5 years—everything from sports cars to pickups.
Although they currently make up only about 2% of passenger vehicles, EVs are no longer considered a niche market. Over the next 5 years, EV sales are projected to surpass the 1.4 million sold since 2010, according to the online Charged Electric Vehicles Magazine.
EVs have many inherent advantages, one of which is reduced maintenance. Why should this be so? Because EVs contain only about one-third of a gasoline-powered vehicle’s parts, there are fewer things that require service, wear out, and need replacement.
For example, with an EV you can forget about performing oil and filter changes; replacing timing belts, hoses, exhaust systems, and spark plugs; and servicing fuel injectors and catalytic converters.
Below are maintenance schedules for a Ford Mustang Mach-E and a gasoline-powered Mustang.