Expected Wear and Tear
Normal wear and tear for electric vehicles (EVs) refers to the gradual deterioration of a vehicle’s components and parts that occur over time as a result of regular use. These are items that are not typically covered by insurance or the manufacturer, as they are considered normal and expected over the life of the vehicle.
Here’s a comprehensive list of wear and tear items that are considered normal for EVs:
Tires: Tires naturally wear down over time due to friction with the road and normal usage. This includes worn tread, uneven wear, and punctures.
Brake pads and rotors: Brake pads gradually wear down as they are used, eventually needing to be replaced. The brake rotors may also become warped or worn over time, requiring replacement.
Suspension components: Suspension components, such as struts and shock absorbers, can wear out over time and need to be replaced. This is due to the normal stress placed on these components from driving over bumps and rough roads.
Battery degradation: Lithium-ion batteries, the most commonly used type of battery in EVs, can degrade over time and lose their ability to hold a charge. This is normal and expected and is not covered by insurance or the manufacturer.
Paint and body: Normal wear and tear on the paint and body of a vehicle can include scratches, chips, and dings from daily use and exposure to the elements.
Interior components: Interior components, such as upholstery and floor mats, can become worn and stained over time due to normal use.