Michael1 wrote:Why do EV people insist on writing this kind of nonsense? It's just ruins the credibility of EV people. Then the public views EV people as "nuts".
There is no such thing as a zero maintenance car. Low maintenance. Yes. Zero. No.
Things that need to be maintained:
That is not maintenance, just something done when installing new tires.
True of all cars and extremely fast and cheap to do at any tire shop or instant oil change place.
Yeah every 40,000 miles, depending on the particular tires and the driving conditions. Also very quick to do (5 minutes).
I have only ever replaced wipers once, after putting 130,000 miles on a car.
wiper fluid level
Mix soap and water and fill it. Cost is nearly zero.
door, hood, and trunk hinge lubrication
Um, no. That is not a thing.
That's not maintenance, that's repair. Very rare too.
What about them?
brake pads (inspection as a minimum)
I have over 130,000 miles on my Golf and am still on the original pads. On a hybrid or electric car with regeneration, there's virtually no chance you will ever replace them.
paint finish polish
interior and exterior cleaning
That's not maintenance.
passenger compartment air filter
Trivial to replace and probably done every ~60,000 miles.
brake fluid change
Only when installing new tires or if they somehow get misaligned, but not strictly necessary.
Not only are electric cars essentially zero-maintenance but there is also very little that can possibly fail. On my current diesel I've had the O2 sensor fail a few times, a glow plug fail twice, a turbocharger component failed, and I had to do a $400 maintenance every 40,000 miles, and replaced the timing belt at 100,000 miles costing me $700. And obviously oil changes every 10,000 miles costing about $80 each, although that's not a big deal.