Ask the EV Experts: How Reliable is an Electric Car’s Motor?

In our latest episode of Ask the EV Experts, we answer a questions from our viewer Alice. Have a question of your own? Let us know in the comments below, post it on Facebook, Tweet at us, or email us at info@pluginamerica.org #AskTheEVExpert


“One of my favorite things about my EV is the instant torque, and I’m a bit of a lead foot driver. Will accelerating quickly in my electric car hurt the electric motor? I know that in a gas car, revving up the engine increases wear and hurts reliability.”


One of the great additional benefits of an electric car over a gas car is the amazing reliability and durability of its electric motors. The electric motors found in almost all electric cars are relatively mechanically simple, very efficient, and have few moving parts. What this means is that an EV’s motor can be much more reliable than a gas car’s engine; in fact, the motors in today’s electric cars are designed to last hundreds of thousands of miles, and several manufacturers are planning on motors that run over a million miles with little or no servicing.

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