What Are Typical EV Maintenance Costs?

Classic cars stand as a testament to design that transcends time. Yet, these machines carry with them the weight of their age—a complexity and cost in maintenance that relegates them to the occasional Sunday drive rather than the daily commute. They are capricious beauties; their engines a gamble each morning, their reliability a question at every stoplight. But imagine a transformation as profound as it is pragmatic—having your classic car run on electricity. It’s not just an upgrade; it’s a rebirth. Turning the key on your electrically converted icon will have you feeling the reliability of the modern age fused with the soul of your classic. Maintenance becomes minor, not a constant worry. More time driving, less money maintaining—a proposition as smooth as the ride itself. So, let’s talk brass tacks on what it really means to maintain a classic car converted to an EV.


Understanding the Lay of the Land

The reason EV maintenance is so simple is because they have far fewer moving parts than traditional cars. On average, electric motors have around 20 parts, while combustion engines can have over 2,000. Fewer moving parts means less wear and tear, and less wear and tear means less damage to your wallet. This fact boils down to a simple truth: EVs require far less maintenance. However, they’re not entirely maintenance-free and do require occasional service.

Maintenance Cost of Factory EVs Vs. Gasoline Vehicles

When it comes to the crunch, EVs are the smart money. They run at about 6 cents per mile, a good deal leaner than the 10 cents per mile those gas guzzlers are coughing up. And over the life of your motor, that’s a tidy sum of $4,600 saved. This maintenance cost doesn’t even account for the significant cost disparity between gasoline and electricity.

Maintenance Cost to Convert a Car to Electric Vs. Gasoline Vehicles

On average, the starting cost of converting your car to electric is around $26,000. Naturally, the sky’s the limit depending on how luxe you want your ride to be. While this may seem steep, it can actually save you a hefty chunk of change if you’re considering either converting an old ride, or buying a completely new one. The same principle of 6 cents per mile vs. the 10 cents of gasoline vehicles applies here, saving you money on gas and maintenance alike.

The Heart of the Matter: Battery Care

Your EVs battery is the heart of the entire operation. Treat it right, and it’ll keep beating strong. Keep it cool, don’t push it too hard, and avoid excessive use of the overeager fast chargers.

Your Battery Management System (BMS) is to the battery pack as the brain is to the heart. It plays a critical role in ensuring the battery operates within safe parameters by continuously monitoring the charge and discharge rates, as well as the temperature and health of each individual cell. Given that the battery pack can constitute up to 50% of the total cost of parts for an EV conversion, investing in a high-quality BMS is not just prudent; it’s essential. A robust BMS safeguards your battery by optimizing battery life and performance, ensuring the longevity and reliability of the electric vehicle.

DIY EV Conversion Kits & Maintenance

If you’re the savvy sort, you might be keen on doing the dirty work on your car yourself. You know that maintenance is the key to keeping your car in peak condition. But, if EVs—conversion projects in particular—are new to you, you should know that it’s all about the kit. Building the right one will breathe life into your wheels and have it running like a dream.

Assembling a kit with high-quality, durable components not only increases the value of your old car, but also augments your daily savings. Every component required for a do-it-yourself project comes with a warranty when purchased new. Additionally, certain used items, such as Tesla batteries and motors, also undergo thorough testing. Opting for used and certified components is a wise financial decision for cost savings over time. Once installed, doing maintenance on these components yourself is a breeze.

Budgeting & Balancing for EV Maintenance

To stay ahead, you’ve got to think ahead. Here’s how you keep your EV well maintained, primed, and ready to go:

  1. Brake system maintenance (often less frequent due to regenerative braking)

  2. Regular tire rotation and replacement—electric motors love to smoke tires

  3. Fluid changes, such as brake fluid and coolant (though less frequently needed)

  4. Cabin air filter replacements

All in all, the maintenance cost for EVs is far cheaper than gasoline vehicles. Though they still require occasional upkeep and attention, the associated costs are often much cheaper than their gasoline counterparts. So, enjoy the benefits of electric driving, bask in the glory of the low-maintenance lifestyle, and let’s hit the road.

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