Qualified and Certified to Service Electric & Hybrid Systems
Specialist electric and hybrid car servicing from an independent garage in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey
Servicing any PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) isn't much different to servicing any other car, right? Not exactly.
Despite there being many common components, there's the added element of high voltage electricity that a tradition car doesn't have. One stray wire and this electricity could be passing through your car's chasis.
Our mechanics are trained and certified to specifically work with electric and hybrid cars. This includes working with high voltage systems, hybrid engines, electrical motors, power inverter systems, energy / fuel management hardware systems, battery regeneration braking systems (e.g. KERS), electric control propulsion sensing systems and so on.
This isn't the sort of stuff your traditional garage is trained to work on and it's important for independent garages (such as us) to provide an alternative to the more expensive main dealer services.
Need to service your electric or hybrid car? Call us on 01932 240 222
The majority of what you will find in the workings of an electric car is the battery. There are a vast array of power cells that will make an electric car run. They are large, heavy and complicated. They don’t require much day-to-day maintenance, but as you will appreciate from the use of phones, tablets and laptops, battery memory will reduce over time.
This means that the ability for the battery to hold charge decreases as it ages and the range will become shorter. It's therefore important to ensure all electrical systems (especially recharging systems) are working as efficienctly as possible and any electrical drains are diagnosed and eliminated quickly.
Surely with less moving parts, there's less to go wrong?
It's true that the internal combustion engine (and the associated systems that come with it) have hundreds of moving parts, compared to about half a dozen in an electric motor. This means traditional cars have more parts to suffer wear and tear and therefore need replacing over time. It also means more things to go wrong.
However, when it comes to servicing electric and hybrid cars, the focus needs to be on safety and the quick and efficient diagnosis of electrical systems. One source is quoting that two technicians are being killed each week in the United States whilst working on electric cars!
Servicing an electric car is more about ensuring your car is drivable as in preserving the lifetime(and range) of your car over the coming years. Our diagnostic tools and specially trained mechanics are quick to diagnose issues hidden within the complexities of the modern systems introduced by electric and hybrid car technology. This ensures you're not paying over the odds for workshop hours AND you know you're getting the most out of your investment in the environment.
Is it usually cheaper to maintain an electric or hybrid car?
On the whole, the big expense with these cars is the power unit - the battery. This is usually covered by an extended warranty. The components they share with traditional cars tend to last longer. Mileage intervals for oil changes in hybrid cars are usually longer and the lifetime of brake components tend to be longer due to the reduction in heat because of the regenerative braking system.