In my last post, I looked into how electric cars save you 13 hours a year by charging at home. Now I will explore how owning an electric vehicle saves you time with maintenance. Speaking from personal experience, we have had no required maintenance in the three years of owning two electric cars. Electric cars have fewer moving parts, no need for oil changes, and longer cycles between brake changes. Dealers have cited a 35% to 50% decline in service and maintenance.
Gas-Powered Cars Require Frequent Maintenance
When I owned my internal combustion car, I got my car serviced about three times per year between oil changes, regular maintenance, and tire care. Vehicle maintenance usually occurs during the weekend, since most work during the week. This cuts into your valuable free time with family and friends. Driving to your local service center, dropping your vehicle off, and completing paperwork typically takes about 20 minutes on average. Services can take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours to complete. Most people will likely wait about an hour for the average service. Once the service is complete, it takes more time to check out and pay for your service and then drive back home. So, add on another 20 minutes. Altogether, the time you spend to get your vehicle serviced takes up about one hour and forty minutes!
Taking the above example into account means that three maintenance services in a year eat up about five hours a year, and this doesn’t even account for the expenses. So, between maintenance and skipping the gas station, electric car owners can save an average of 18 hours per year… which is quite liberating!
Since we have owned our two electric cars for over three years, we have only had two services. Of the two services, only one was required, which was replacing a blown-out tire. In that case, Tesla came to our vehicle and changed out our tires. The other service was optional. My wife had to unearth any issues we could fix while still under warranty. We had two more instances outside of maintenance when we found some fit and finish issues with our Teslas. In both cases, Tesla sent a mobile technician to our home to get the issues fixed, which took no time on our part.
Over the Air Updates Saves Time
One of the other cool time-saving features that have applied a lot of fixes has been over-the-air updates. Just like your smartphone, most electric cars receive software updates over the air. Those software fixes can improve your vehicle range, acceleration, and a whole host of other features that the carmaker can remotely fix through software.
Beyond less frequent maintenance and charging your electric car at home, there are other ways owning an electric vehicle saves you time and brings convenience to your life. To learn more about what maintenance costs look like, or to find an electric car that fits your needs, check out our Vehicle Finder at Electric Driver.