Do Electric Cars Use Oil?

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When you’re looking into if you should switch to an all-electric model in South Riding, you will come across that electric cars don’t use oil. This means no more visits to your local service center for oil changes! While motor oil isn’t a fluid needed in electric vehicles, there are others that you should pay attention to, including transmission fluid, coolant, and brake fluid. Find out more below. 



What Fluids Do You Need to Change in Electric Vehicles?

Electric car oil changes aren’t a thing, but you will still need to keep tabs on brake fluid, transmission fluid, and coolant. Here’s a closer look at what that means in practice:

  • Brake Fluid: Like any type of car, EVs feature brakes, meaning that you’ll need to ensure your brake system is properly lubricated in order to remain safe while driving. 
  • Transmission fluid: This fluid ensures that your gears move efficiently across Centerville and are well preserved. Since your EV features a transmission, you’ll need to stay on top of transmission fluid changes. Consult your owner’s manual for specific intervals.
  • Coolant: The coolant in your radiator keeps your battery and vehicle systems from overheating. 

Besides fluids, electric vehicles still need tires, too! That means you’ll also need to schedule regular services like tire rotation and wheel alignment. 

Electric Vehicle Parts 

After knowing the answer to “Do electric cars need oil changes?” you should also know the parts of an electric vehicle, so you can be prepared for the maintenance it will need in Ashburn. EVs use an electric motor, which converts an electrical current from your battery into motion. Torque is generated with magnets alongside the motor. The magnets create a magnetic field around the motor, and churn it. You’ll need to charge your electric car up at home or at public charging stations, so it is powered.

Here are the most fundamental parts of your EVs power plant:

  • Charging ports: These are the external chargers you use to charge the battery of your vehicle. 
  • Traction motors: These motors turn your vehicle’s wheels.
  • Onboard charger: The charger converts the external charge you receive from a charging port into DC power.
  • DC-DC converter: This converts the high-voltage direct current (DC) power that comes from the battery into the low-voltage DC power that moves the vehicle.
  • Battery: Your battery stores the electricity that powers the motors as you drive.
  • Thermal system: This system keeps your motors and electronic components from overheating.

Find Your Mercedes-Benz EV

Does Mercedes-Benz have an EV? Yes! And you can find the whole selection in our Chantilly showroom. If driving a vehicle that is environmentally friendly, doesn’t need oil changes, and delivers a new level of thrill sounds like a dream, then get into a Mercedes-Benz electric car today! 


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