Specialist Electric and Hybrid car servicing from an independent garage in Plymouth, Devon


Electric vehicles

Electric vehicles use a large capacity battery and electric motor(s) to drive the vehicle.  The battery needs to be charged from the electricity supply network when the vehicle is not in use although some energy may be recovered during braking.


Hybrid vehicles

Hybrid vehicles typically have two sources of energy, an internal combustion engine using either diesel or petrol and a battery. Hybrid vehicles will use the two sources of power automatically and may use both simultaneously.  The internal combustion engine and energy recovered from the vehicle braking systems are used to charge the battery.

A plug-in hybrid vehicle can have its battery charged directly from the electrical supply network.

 

Servicing any PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle) isn't much different to servicing any other car, right? Not exactly.

Despite there being many common components, there's the added element of high voltage electricity that a traditional car doesn't have.

Our technicians are trained and certified to specifically work with electric and hybrid cars. This includes working with high voltage systems, hybrid engines, electrical motors, power inverter systems, energy / fuel management hardware systems, battery regeneration braking systems (e.g. KERS (kinetic energy recovery system), electric control propulsion sensing systems and so on.

It's important for independent garages (such as us) to provide an alternative to the more expensive main dealer services.

Servicing an electric car is more about ensuring your car is drivable as in preserving the lifetime (and range) of your car over the coming years. Our diagnostic tools and specially trained technicians are able to diagnosis issues hidden within the complexities of the modern systems introduced by electric and hybrid car technology.

 

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