An electric car needs an MOT, just like any petrol or diesel car (ICE). It is a vital check that ensures your vehicle is safe and roadworthy for the year ahead.
However, electric cars are very different from traditional ICEs. This means that their MOT test is different as well.
Read on to find out what makes an electric vehicle MOT different to one performed on a traditional petrol or diesel car.
Electric vehicles are made up of fewer parts than traditional petrol or diesel cars. Even so, electric vehicles still need to be serviced regularly, and by law require an MOT check every year once they are at least three years old.
Your vehicle needs an MOT to make sure that it is safe to drive, so that you don’t lose control of your vehicle and put yourself and others at risk on the road. Not to mention the fine that you would have to pay if caught driving after your MOT is due.
Stay safe and fine-free by booking your MOT well in advance of the expiry date.
Whilst there are a lot of similarities between an MOT test for a conventional petrol or diesel vehicle, and that of an electric vehicle, there are a few key differences.
A petrol or diesel vehicle will have an exhaust system and internal combustion engine - or ICE - that needs to be checked during an MOT.
As an electric vehicle does not have an ICE, it will not need to go through an emissions or noise test. Likewise, an electric vehicle MOT will also not require any fluid changes - like engine oil or transmission fluid - as an EV has a single-speed gear setup.
Generally speaking, however, electric vehicle MOTs are very similar to conventional MOTs, and there are several parts of your car that will be checked during the test:
Your vehicle will also be checked for rust on any mounting points or brackets.
When it comes to electric vehicles, MOT testers are not allowed to remove parts to check for rust. Instead, they will leave the underbody panel of your electric vehicle in place.
Some vehicles are exempt from an MOT check, so it is worth finding out whether or not your vehicle requires one.
Invest in electric car servicing, and remember to book your MOT when it is due, so that you can easily keep on top of electric car maintenance.
It is important to check with your garage that they are qualified to carry out MOTs on electric vehicles before you book. It can be dangerous for a mechanic to work on an EV if they do not have the correct training.
When you book your electric car MOT with BookMyGarage, we will only show you garages in your local area which are suitable for your vehicles needs, so you don't have to worry about finding an EV-friendly garage.
Your electric car's MOT should not cost any more than an MOT for an ICE vehicle. The most a garage can legally charge you for an MOT is £54.85. Some garages charge less than this, or may offer a discount when you book your electric car MOT at the same time as a service.
If you’re not sure when your electric car’s MOT is due, enter your reg and postcode into our free checker tool. Then, you can book a test or sign-up for MOT reminders so you never forget again!
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