Answering Electric Car Service Questions

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Our team at Eich Mazda is prepared to handle your Mazda electric vehicle service needs. We are frequently asked questions about how to care for electric vehicles, and what systems connect to run your machine. In this guide, we will cover the following questions:



  • Do electric cars need oil?
  • Do electric cars have horsepower?
  • Do electric cars have a transmission?
  • Do electric cars have alternators?
  • Do electric cars have catalytic converters?
  • Do electric cars have exhaust systems?
  • Do electric cars have heating and air conditioning?
  • Do electric cars last longer than gasoline cars?

Find out the answers to these electric car service questions below to get a better understanding of electric vehicles, and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!

Do Electric Cars Need Oil?

Electric cars, operating on electricity alone, do not require oil changes. This is because they don’t have a traditional gasoline-powered combustion engine. The purpose of motor oil is to lubricate the moving parts inside your vehicle’s engine. That said, if there’s no engine to speak of, there aren’t any moving parts for the motor oil to lubricate. It’s worth noting that while hybrid vehicles do have a battery and electric motor, they also have a combustion engine and require oil changes.

Do Electric Cars Have Horsepower?

Do electric cars have horsepower? Electric cars do have horsepower, but it is not always measured as “horsepower.” Rather, automakers measure the EV power as “kW” or Kilowatts, although there isn’t really a difference between the two. You can use a simple Google Search to find a kW to hp conversion tool that can tell you how much horsepower your electric vehicle produces if its power is measured in kW.

Do Electric Cars Have a Transmission?

So, do electric cars have a transmission? Electric cars do have transmissions, but they don’t need a transmission with multiple speeds like a 6-speed or 8-speed transmission. Internal combustion engines have several gears with various gear ratios to output power. Electric motors, on the other hand, can produce the same amount of torque, and it doesn’t necessarily matter if the RPM is within a specific range.

You also don’t need to generate torque via revving on Sauk Rapids roads. It isn’t necessary with electric motors because electric vehicles produce near instantaneous torque. The gear ratios are precalculated and carefully integrated, so drivers don’t have to change gears.

Do Electric Cars Have Alternators?

Electric vehicles and hybrid cars don’t have alternators, but instead have a DC-to-DC converter. This recharges the 12-volt battery using power from the battery pack.

Do Electric Cars Have Catalytic Converters?

Catalytic converters also aren’t required in electric cars. The main function of catalytic converters is to remove the byproducts of internal combustion engines. Electric vehicles don’t have combustion engines, so they don’t produce that kind of waste and don’t need catalytic converters.

Do Electric Cars Have Exhaust Systems?

Electric cars don’t have external exhaust pipes because EVs don’t produce any exhaust gasses. There isn’t any burning of fuel to power an EV, so there’s no need for an exhaust system.

Do Electric Cars Have Heaters and Air Conditioning?

Of course they do! These systems operate by running on the electricity stored in the batteries. The design and efficiency of those systems is important to the overall range of the car.

Do Electric Cars Last Longer Than Gas Cars?

While your traditional vehicle has its advantages; they can travel further on a single tank and it’s simpler to replace worn out parts as they wear out. Electric cars, however, can last much longer on Saint Joseph roads with far fewer repairs.

Be conscious—electric cars still require regular maintenance, but the lack of moving parts within an electric vehicle significantly increases the longevity of your vehicle.

Learn More About Electric Car Service with Eich Mazda!

If you need to schedule service for your Mazda electric vehicle or have additional questions about electric car service, Eich Mazda has you covered! Contact us today or come visit us in Saint Cloud, and be sure to browse our service specials and parts specials. In the meantime, you can check out more service tips from the experts at Eich Mazda.


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