The electric car has fewer parts, yes, but…
By design and mechanical parts involvedelectric cars tend to be more reliable and less likely to visit the workshop than their internal combustion counterparts, a group in which, to a greater extent, we can also include hybrids.
In any case, until now, although this type of mechanics with fewer pieces was taken for granted, recent studies have discovered that this is not entirely the case. Or rather; not as much as believed. Because if; the electric car continues to suffer from reliability problems, although it is presented with less willingness than the combustion car.
According to a survey of 48,000 UK car owners with vehicles less than 4 years old, electric car owners had to go more times to the workshop than those of combustion vehicles. Approximately 31.4% of the owners of these vehicles had to go to check some breakdown or incident in their vehicle, a much higher percentage than the owners of gasoline vehicles (18.6%) and slightly above those of diesel (29.1%).
However, it is not all hardship for drivers who want to switch to a more sustainable vehicle. Among cars four years old or less, the Kia e Niro It turned out to be the most reliable electric car and also the most reliable small or compact SUV on any type of fuel.
Only one in 17 (6%) e-Niro owners reported some kind of fault with their car and only one in 100 (1%) said their car had not started or had broken down. As such, usually with them they are more affordable repairs of the breakdowns that occur in them since the electrical components are much easier to repair.
In those, what we see is that most of the car manufacturers that are introducing a new range of electric vehicles are doing it for the first time. That means that production technology and manufacturing procedures are in a early stage of development. Therefore, being young, we can say that they are cars that are on the right track. But what needs to be considered here?
It may happen that the car has problems when charging. The alternator is one of the car parts that is responsible for converting the mechanical energy of the engine into energy for its electrical systems. If it breaks, the battery will not chargeplus the other electrical components will not work.
If you have a charging point in the home, it is essential to have a chord power contract with the power you need at home for all household appliances and to be able to charge the electric car at home without problems.
It may happen that some electrical elements of the vehicle work more slowly than usual. This happens when an alternator does not work properly, does not generate voltage, or the current intensity is low, among others.
Tires on electric cars have much less wear than cars that run on traditional fuel. It is due to the acceleration progressive and linear. Regenerative braking also helps avoid sudden braking, this extends the life of the brakes.
There are common elements between both cars that have the same wear, such as the interior of the car: the upholstery, seat, and windshield wipers. The wear of this type of elements of the car is due to use, as well as the paint and sheet metal of the car.
We must bear in mind that the entire mechanism of the car is electric and depends exclusively on the energy stored in its batteries for its correct operation for a longer time and kilometers. The average life of a lithium ion battery can be around 10 or 15 yearsbut the level of autonomy will depend on the conditions of use, the charging cycles and the system used.
Here, these are more expensive in the case of electric vehicles. Breakdowns in electric cars regarding the battery end up being one of the most expensive repairs in this type of vehicle. For this reason, many of the manufacturers offer a guarantee of 8 years or 160,000 km in case of breakage.