Why electric vehicle servicing is necessary – and why a MOT is not enough

Vhub Service Ltd offer a fully qualified, industry standard repair and maintenance facility, giving customers reassurance about keeping their electric or hybrid vehicle in the best possible condition.

We can carry out routine servicing, as per manufacturers specific service intervals, for Volkswagen Seat Skoda and Audi Brand makes and models, without affecting your vehicles warranty. But with a pure electric vehicle not having an engine, surely an MOT test would suffice? No.

Here are the differences between a service and an MOT.

Electric Vehicle MOT

An MOT is a basic safety check, checking specific parts of the car in accordance with a general set of guidelines.
An MOT is designed to ensure the vehicle is safe at the time of test. On an MOT, nothing is removed. If a wheel bolt is missing, the car will fail the MOT. If a missing wheel bolt cannot be seen because the car has plastic wheel trims, it will pass. The same applies to every part of the car.

Electric Vehicle Servicing

A service is vehicle specific – some cars will need more checks than others and will therefore require more time. Our qualified EV technicians will be aware of any common faults to look out for or prevent from occurring. A service is designed to keep a car safe and reliable until the next service.


A service contains lots of checks that are not checked on an MOT, for example:

Checking the auxiliary battery so that you’re not stranded on a cold night.

Checking the brake fluid moisture content because with electronic braking systems you won’t feel a problem through the pedal.

Diagnostic equipment is used to check everything is working as it should, and that there is no corrosion or dirt on the charging connectors, which could lead to a build-up of heat damaging the connectors.

In addition to servicing, Vhub Service has a tyre fitting and wheel balancing bay, four-wheel alignment, diagnostic experience and scan tools, air-con equipment, MOT test bay and full workshop facilities, all manned by our qualified and experienced technicians.