What is a Hybrid vehicle?
- There are 3 types of electric vehicle is Australia, Hybrid Electric or HEVs, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles or PHEVs and Plug-in Electric Vehicles or PEVs.
- Hybrids vehicles provide all the environmental benefits of using an electric motor with the convenience of a traditional petrol or diesel engine as well.
- PEVs are full electric vehicles that have the most environmental benefits but rely solely on the battery so require charging via a suitable power source.
Who can service my hybrid car?
In Australian only technicians who have the proper accreditation are allowed to work on the hybrid systems on EV vehicles. You need to choose the right workshop with qualified, trained technicians who have access to up to date diagnostic information, the right equipment and quality parts to service your hybrid vehicle. At Gosford City Mechanical Repair all our technicians have undergone approved training courses and are fully equipped to service and maintain your EV vehicle. All our parts meet OEM requirements and will not void your warranty.
Do Hybrid / EV cars need servicing?
- Yes, just like any vehicle, your Hybrid or EV still needs servicing. However, as a complex piece of technology you need experts with the right training and equipment to properly service your vehicle.
- Not only does your hybrid have a traditional combustion engine, your hybrid vehicle also has an electric motor. Both need to be serviced regularly to ensure that your car is safe and reliable. Logbook servicing by a qualified technician also helps protect your warranty.
- With essentially two engines in one, all the traditional service items like brakes, cabin air filters, shock absorbers and essential fluids like driveline oils, brake fluid and coolant all need to be regularly checked, as do steering and suspension systems. Like any vehicle, items like spark plugs, tyres, wiper blades, lights, air and fuel filters also need to be checked and replaced as necessary. Plus, the electric motor components, of which there are fewer also need to be checked and replaced when scheduled.
- PEVs on the other hand require far less in terms of maintenance, but still need to be inspected yearly to check the inverter cooling system, battery filters, tyres, brakes, lighting systems and the main EV battery cell itself.