The car and driver challenge another myth about electric vehicles: maintenance costs
Anyone who follows the Rich reconstructions The YouTube channel knows that electric vehicles have a myth worth fighting for. Their supporters say they don’t need maintenance and a simple visit to the electrified garage immediately denies it. Car and driver came to the same conclusions with their long-term Tesla Model 3 after 30,000 miles of ownership.
It’s true that EVs don’t need an oil change. Still, they must lubricate the brake caliper – due to lack of use – every year or after 12,500 km (whichever comes first). Car and driver said he was spending as much money on this as he would on oil changes: $ 432 in total for three sessions of lubricating the calipers. The electrified garage also provides this service at a lower cost. Repairing a car for $ 700 when Tesla was charging $ 16,000 should be enough to prove it.
Other than that, the Model 3 also ate its Michelin Primacy MXM4 tires in 30,000 miles due to the car’s heaviness, performance, and less usable tread. Changing tires twice as often as you would with a combustion engine vehicle speaks volumes about why EVs deserve special tires. Car and driving spent $ 1,157 to replace them.
Besides these normal wear and tear replacement needs, the Model 3 also required the glass roof and windshield change due to the stone chips. This added $ 3,300 to expenses with the car ($ 1,200 for the glass roof and $ 1,100 for the windshield). Since only Tesla performs these services, its customers are more attached to Tesla service centers than they would to regular dealers.
It also shows that the right to repair that the champions of the electrified garage must be defended by all VE owners too. Electric vehicles require maintenance – different maintenance, of course – but it can be cheaper and more accessible to everyone. Understanding this will only help integrate electric cars faster than they naturally would.
Source: Car and driver