Top 5 Common Causes of Electric Vehicle Breakdowns

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Top 5 Common Causes of Electric Vehicle Breakdowns

Whether you own an electric vehicle or not, you know that owning one comes with its own risks. In this blog, we’ll look at the top 5 reasons that electric vehicles break down. Our intention isn’t to dissuade you from buying one, but rather to prepare yourself. If you’re a responsible owner, you’ll most likely avoid major problems.

1. Running out of Power
If you’re concerned about running out of juice, just remember to plan ahead. Your console will tell you how many miles you have left on your current charge. The car leaves it to you to search for charging stations along your route and plan accordingly. That may seem impractical for some, but it’s not terrible. After all, many of us search for our preferred gas station when we’re looking to buy gas. As electric charging stations become more common, taking impromptu journeys will become much easier.

However, be realistic. If you decide to explore the remote parts of Colorado, budget your miles carefully. The last thing you need is to be stranded miles from a charging station.

2. A Flat Tire
Electric cars have tires too! When driving one, your danger of experiencing a puncture or blowout is no different than when driving a conventional car. Thus, you still need a spare, a jack, and the knowledge needed to change a tire. I suppose the only real danger in driving an EV is overlooking this need. Make sure you log when you last purchased new tires, and have your mechanic look at them during routine visits. If you can stay organized, you should be able to avoid most problems.

You can also keep a tire sealing kit, and an air pump, if you want a little extra security. After all, spare tires are not reliable for long distances. Make sure your spare is inflated to the correct PSI. And, don’t drive on it any farther than you have to.

3. Your Battery is Failing
If you’re responsible about charging your battery and still aren’t entirely using each charge, you may have a battery problem. The reliability of your battery will vary from one model to another. But if you purchased new or slightly used, you should have a warranty (You can also apply for a new warranty whenever you replace a battery, if you go to the right vendor).

Under normal circumstances, your battery should retain its ability to carry a charge over its useful life with minimal degradation. All you have to do is ensure you’re using it correctly. If it’s underperforming, take your car in and get a replacement battery. Because the battery is so essential to using an electric vehicle, you really need a performance guarantee when you buy one. With a good warranty, you should have no lingering problems.

4. A Bad Sensor or Computer
In electric vehicles, many or most of the features are digital. As such, when an electronic component wears out or becomes damaged, normal operation can become compromised or stop altogether. Sensors and electronics suffer damage during accidents, poor maintenance, power surges, heat, or through regular use. The cost for parts and labor for fixing such problems varies widely. A simple sensor might be inexpensive and easy to access and swap out. Replacing the central computer, however, can run you thousands of dollars.

A well-designed system will let you know the exact nature of the problem. It should present you a specific error code that isolates the issue, and tell you its meaning. However, many vehicles provide a simple error message (e.g., your check engine light). This signal prompts you to bring the car in so that your serviceperson can run a diagnostic check. This check, when performed correctly, should pinpoint the exact nature of any problem(s).

5. Wear and Tear
EVs feature systems with far fewer moving parts than vehicles with ICEs (internal combustion engines). However, those parts still wear out. Also, EV motors and batteries can run very hot. And although they are designed to handle high temperatures, the heat can still cause additional wear.

Although wear on parts is more likely to impede performance than to cause an actual breakdown, breakdowns can occur nonetheless. Your routine maintenance check should be able to ascertain whether your vehicle is experiencing a decline in performance. If there is one, a timely repair will help you avoid an unplanned stop.

Electric Vehicle Breakdowns are Uncommon
Although we attempt to present a worst-case scenario in this blog, we still hold that electric vehicle breakdowns are rare. In fact, that’s one of the main arguments for purchasing one. If you’re considering one, take a little time to understand the reliability of each vehicle’s components. You may be pleasantly surprised.

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