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How To Properly Care For Your Electric Car


How To Properly Care For Your Electric Car

How To Properly Care For Your Electric Car

Electric vehicles (EVs) are undeniably the future of automotive transportation. As eco-consciousness takes centre stage, more Australians are making the switch. But do you know how to care for your electric marvel? If not, don’t stress. Today, we’ll guide you through the nuances of electric vehicle maintenance.


The Advantages Of An Electric Vehicle

Before diving into the nitty-gritty of maintenance, let's explore why EVs have captured the public's imagination. First and foremost, they are eco-friendly, emitting zero tailpipe pollutants. Secondly, they are cost-effective in the long run, eliminating expenses like petrol and traditional engine maintenance. Lastly, with advancing technology, range anxiety is becoming a thing of the past.

Understanding Electric Vehicle Maintenance

While EVs have fewer moving parts than their internal combustion engine (ICE) counterparts, they still require regular check-ups. Many people wrongly assume that EVs are entirely maintenance-free. While you won't be changing oil or replacing exhaust systems, certain unique aspects demand your attention. These include battery health, software updates, and electric motor upkeep.

Charging at Home: Setup, Equipment, and Safety

The convenience of charging your EV at home can't be overstated. However, it's crucial to establish a safe and efficient charging station. You'll need a dedicated electrical circuit to handle the load and possibly a Level 2 charger for faster charging times. Make sure to consult with a certified electrician familiar with EV home setups. Always adhere to safety guidelines and regulations, as improper installation can lead to dangerous situations.


Battery Care

One of the most common questions asked by EV owners is whether they should charge their battery to 100% every night. The consensus among experts is that it's best to keep your battery between 20% and 80%. Continuously charging your battery to 100% can accelerate its degradation, impacting its overall lifespan and efficiency. Many modern EVs allow you to set a charging limit on the onboard computer, ensuring your vehicle only charges up to a certain percentage.

What Are The Differences Between Maintaining an EV and Maintaining An Internal Combustion Vehicle?

In a traditional ICE vehicle, maintenance tasks like oil changes, air filter replacements, and exhaust system repairs are routine. EVs, on the other hand, require different kinds of attention. Battery maintenance takes precedence, along with updates to onboard software and checks on the electric motor's cooling system. However, some aspects, like tyre care, brake inspections, and suspension checks, remain consistent between both types of vehicles.


The MG Electric Car Range


Leading the charge in the electric vehicle movement, MG has carved out a distinct place in sculpting a more sustainable future for automotive transport. MG’s range of electric vehicles is specifically engineered to meet a plethora of driving needs and styles. Whether you're in the market for a compact electric cruiser or a roomy hybrid SUV, Ringwood MG is unwavering in its mission to promote eco-friendly motoring for a wide-ranging audience, and our finance team is ready and waiting to help you get into your dream EV sooner than you thought possible.



With the HS +EV, you no longer have to choose between the expansive space of an SUV and the eco-conscious benefits of hybrid technology. This model is a contemporary reimagination of the iconic HS, fusing zero-emission capabilities with a turbocharged petrol engine for those moments when you crave raw power. What sets the HS +EV apart is its groundbreaking HCU Intelligent Energy Management System, designed to calibrate power output in real-time according to varying road conditions, thereby optimising both battery longevity and performance.


The ZS EV is not just a vehicle; it's a statement in innovation, melding the luxurious comforts of the original ZS compact SUV with advanced electric technology. Its lithium-iron-phosphate battery isn't merely a source of propulsion; it’s a mobile power station capable of charging your gadgets—making it an indispensable companion for camping adventures or mobile office setups.


The ZS EV also integrates seamlessly with the MG I-Smart app, offering unparalleled convenience in battery monitoring, remote feature control, and even helping you locate your car in labyrinthine parking garages. But it's not just about added features; the ZS EV also employs cutting-edge regenerative braking technology, converting road momentum back into energy to recharge the battery—thereby enhancing battery life and extending the intervals between charges.


The MG4, the newest addition to MG’s electric range, is an elevation of everything you love about a hatchback. Surprisingly, amounts of space, seriously sporty performance, and phenomenal battery life all come as standard. A suite of advanced safety features keeps you on the road, and the tech-forward design and app connectivity make staying on top of things a breeze.

The Ringwood MG Difference


Owning an electric car does shift the maintenance landscape but doesn't eliminate it entirely. Whether you’re a seasoned EV owner or a newcomer, understanding these maintenance essentials is crucial for optimising your vehicle’s performance and longevity. At Ringwood MG, we're committed to helping you navigate this exciting frontier in automotive technology. Schedule your next service appointment with our expert team to ensure that your electric vehicle continues to run in peak condition, or contact us to find out more.


Do I need to do anything different for my EV in heavy weather conditions such as rain?

Yes, heavy weather conditions like rain can affect your electric vehicle's performance. For instance, wet conditions can alter your vehicle's regenerative braking capacity. Batteries may also perform less efficiently in extreme temperatures. Always adapt your driving style to accommodate these weather conditions and enable all-weather driving modes, if available.

How can I track my EV's efficiency and energy consumption?

Modern electric vehicles often come equipped with sophisticated dashboards that display real-time energy consumption and efficiency metrics. You can also use various third-party apps that link to your car’s systems, offering you a deep dive into your vehicle's performance. Monitoring these metrics will help you adjust your driving habits, leading to improved energy efficiency and potentially extending your vehicle's battery life.