Do Electric Cars Use Oil?

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Thinking of upgrading your Brookings commute with a Buick, Chevrolet, GMC electric vehicle? Wondering to yourself, “Do electric cars need oil?” Short answer: no, electric cars do not need oil changes. Although electric cars don’t use oil, they still use coolant, transmission fluid, and brake fluid. Find out more about electric vehicle maintenance with the experts at Brookings Auto Mall below! Then, schedule a service appointment at our Auto Center near Brookings if your EV is in need of repairs! 



What Fluids Do EVs Need? 

So, do electric cars use oil? This is an understandable question to ask as electric vehicles, such as the new Chevy Bolt EV, become more and more popular on Brookings roads. While electric car oil changes are unnecessary, EVs still require the following fluids and maintenance to run properly: 

  • Coolant: Some electric cars are equipped with a radiator to keep the batteries, as well as the converters and the motor from overheating.
  • Transmission fluid: Since your EV features a transmission, you’ll need to stay on top of transmission fluid changes in order to ensure that it runs smoothly. Consult your owner’s manual for specific intervals.
  • Brake Fluid: All cars have brakes, and that includes EVs. Brake fluid is an important part of your vehicle’s brake system, so you will want to make sure that the brake fluid is clean and at the appropriate level.

How Does an Electric Vehicle Work?

Now that we’ve answered the questions “Do electric cars need oil?”, and “What fluids do electric cars need?”, we can begin to explore the anatomy of EVs. Understanding how these eco-friendly models differ from gas-powered cars will allow you to make an informed decision when it comes time to buy. EVs make use of an electric motor, which converts electrical energy from the battery into forwarding motion. If you have any interest in purchasing one of our Buick, Chevrolet, GMC EVs, you’ll want to prepare your home for an EV first. You’ll also want to have a basic understanding of each fundamental component of an EV power plant: 

  • Thermal System: This system keeps your motors and electronic components from overheating.
  • Battery: Your battery stores the electricity that powers the motors as you drive.
  • 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.
  • Onboard Charger: The charger converts the external charge you receive from a charging port into DC power.
  • Traction Motors: These motors turn your vehicle’s wheels.
  • Charging Ports: These are the external chargers you use to charge the battery of your vehicle. 

Find Your Next EV at Brookings Auto Mall in Brookings

There is no need for an electric car oil change, which is just one of the many benefits that come with buying a new EV from Brookings Auto Mall! If you’re ready to explore our available options, feel free to contact us online today! We’re happy to provide you with a tour of our dealership and electric models!

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