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Do electric cars need an MOT?

​Almost all motorists are familiar with the annual MOT test. This vehicle inspection assesses the roadworthiness of your vehicle and is a legal requirement. The test, which can be conducted by a registered MOT test centre, is required for all vehicles that are aged three years and over. Inspecting such measures as tyre tread, fluid levels, braking, emissions levels, and more, the test will ensure that your vehicle is in a suitable condition for your safety and that of other road users.

For those investing in an electric car, a common question regards whether or not it requires an MOT - after all, without a regular combustion engine and with zero emissions, surely it’s not required? In reality, an MOT test checks far more than just engine performance, so an electric vehicle - aged over three years - does still require an annual test.

As you might expect, an electric car MOT differs somewhat from a traditional test. We at Wilsons in Epsom are able to conduct an MOT for your electric car and provide further details on the process and what’s included.

What does an electric car MOT include?

Much like a standard MOT test, an electric car MOT will check the following vehicle components:

  • LIghts
  • Seatbelts
  • Windscreen wipers
  • Windscreen cracks and chips
  • Steering
  • Tyres
  • Suspension
  • Signs of rust
  • Brakes

Upon completion of the inspection, you’ll be provided with a detailed report identifying any areas that require additional work. A member of our team will be able to advise you on potential costs for any work and, should you require a second test due to failure, we can arrange for this to be taken at a time that suits you.

To learn more about the specifics of an electric car MOT or to book an appointment for your test, get in touch with a member of the team at Wilsons of Epsom today. We’ll be delighted to schedule a booking at a time that suits you.