The Complete Service for the EV Owner or Operator
Our automotive electrical skills extend into the new technologies of Electric Vehicles (EVs)
The three main types of new technology on Electric Vehicles are:
EV – Battery Electric Vehicle. This type has only electric power obtained from the on-board battery. The battery is charged at a station or home charger from the electricity power grid. The most widely known of this type of EV are the Nissan Leaf and Tesla models, but most main manufacturers now have an EV in their range.
HEV – Hybrid Electric Vehicle. This EV has a battery (which can range from large to small depending on the model) and another on-board source of power, normally a petrol engine. Usually the vehicle can operate from electricity only, petrol motor only or a combination of both.
PHEV – Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle. This is like the HEV but also can be plugged in to the electricity power grid to re-charge the on-board battery.
Diagnostics, Service and Maintenance
TOP SERVICE has the required equipment and specially trained certified technicians to carry out all types of work on EVs.
Battery Renovation or Replacement
We can renovate or replace the battery on your EV if it becomes damaged or loses efficiency.
Charging Point – An accessible EV charging point is available at our Oranmore site for customer use and also for members of the General Public through our membership scheme.
Motor and Component Replacement
If your EV needs something replacing or remanufacturing TOP SERVICE has the technical capability to diagnose the problem part and fix it while maintaining the safety and integrity of your EV electrical and mechanical systems. Common failure trends and specifically vulnerable parts are monitored in order to provide cost effective solutions. Typical parts include drive motors, heating and ventilation motors, accessory coolant and air conditioning pumps.
How often should an electric/hybrid vehicle be serviced?
Electric/Hybrid cars should be serviced at the same intervals as a car with a combustion engine, which is at least every 12 months.
What is involved in an electric/hybrid vehicle service?
Like petrol / diesel powered vehicles key components will be checked such as;
Interior & exterior lights
Operation & condition of windscreen washers/wipers
Steering & suspension components
Condition of tyres & adjusting tyre pressures
Spare wheel/mobility kit.
Check the condition of fluids & top up where necessary
With the addition of Electric / Hybrid specific items
Replacing air cabin filter to ensure interior air pollutants are kept to a minimum.
High voltage battery
Checking charge connector & cable.
High voltage cabling and components condition & routing
Engine oil & oil filter change (Hybrid only)
What maintenance needs to be carried out for an electric/hybrid vehicle?
The maintenance checks required are very similar to a conventional engine powered vehicle. You will need to periodically check the basics such as checking & adjusting the tyre pressures, checking the operation of exterior lights and ensuring the fluid levels are correct such as the brake fluid, screenwash & coolant level. If in any doubt feel free to visit us for one of the team to assist/advise.
How much does it cost to run/service an electric vehicle?
After the generally higher purchase cost electric vehicles are noticeably cheaper to run. Many components that fail on petrol/diesel cars are not fitted to electric vehicles meaning you will save on these expensive repair bills, Also due to regenerative braking wear and tear on brake components are also minimised. In use emissions are low to nil.
How can I prolong the life of my battery?
There are a few things that are advised to help prolong the life of your battery;
Avoid constantly fully charging your electric car while this reduces your range, it can increase the lifespan of your battery and will allow room for regenerative braking, which would not be possible with a fully charged battery.
Ensure annual servicing is carried out, spending money on routine servicing will minimise costly repairs in the future.
Are electric vehicles better for the environment?
Electric vehicles are certainly a step in the right direction for eco-friendly transport, with no engine producing harmful emissions the major factor is how the electricity is produced, however even electricity produced from fossil fuels has been proven to be an improvement over combustion engined vehicles. To improve your carbon footprint choose a ‘green’ energy provider that generates it power from renewable sources such as from wind, solar or hydroelectricity.