Do Electric Cars Use Oil?

Service Technician changing the oil on a vehicle

EV models do not need any sort of engine maintenance at all, which is one of the many benefits of EV ownership. Do electric cars use oil? The answer is no! Because electric vehicles use an electric motor instead of a combustion engine, your maintenance needs are greatly reduced. However, there are still plenty of services that electric vehicles do need. Learn what you can expect from your next visit to our service department, and get more service tips from our experts at Hudson Nissan.



Do Electric Cars Need Oil?

While there’s no such thing as an electric car oil change in Staten Island or Bayonne, your EV still has quite a bit in common with a gas-powered or hybrid vehicle. Vital automotive fluids like coolant, brake fluid, and transmission fluid still need regular care to keep your vehicle in prime condition. Here are some of the maintenance services you can expect:

  • Brake Fluid:Any vehicle with a braking system requires brake fluid to lubricate the moving parts. That means you’ll need brake checks at regular intervals.
  • Transmission fluid: While EV transmissions operate slightly differently compared to gas-powered cars, the transmission upkeep is identical. Regular transmission fluid checks and flushes will keep your travels smooth.
  • Coolant: Just like a gas-powered car, coolant draws heat away from your vehicle systems to prevent damage. You can check your coolant levels at home or bundle a check into your next maintenance visit.

Electric Vehicle Parts

Some customers ask “Do electric cars use oil?” because they’re unfamiliar with the way EV models work. An EV model replaces the traditional combustion engine with an electric motor, which takes the electrical current from your battery and puts it into motion. Besides the motor, electric vehicles have quite a few components that you won’t find on a traditional model at all, including:

  • Charging ports: These are the external chargers or the ports you use to charge the battery of your vehicle.
  • Traction motors: These motors turn your vehicle’s wheels to propel your car forward.
  • Onboard charger: This converts the external charge into usable DC power.
  • DC-DC converter: This converts the battery’s high-voltage direct current (DC) into the low-voltage DC power.
  • Battery: The battery acts as the storage unit for your vehicle’s electricity.
  • Thermal system: This system prevents your motor and electronic components from overheating.

Schedule Your EV Service at Hudson Nissan

Since you don’t have to worry about an electric car oil change, whether you want a multi-point inspection or a new set of tires, the team at Hudson Nissan is here to take care of all of your electric vehicle needs. You can check out OEM parts and accessories for sale and find more ways to save on service with our rotating coupons and specials. Contact us today with any questions about your EV maintenance routine, or schedule your service appointment in Jersey City at your convenience.


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