Do Electric Cars (EV) need an MOT?


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Once they are over 3 years old, EVs do need an annual MOT test, even though it differs slightly from the standard car MOT test. In this article, we explore how an EV MOT differs from a standard car MOT for a petrol or diesel car.

What car parts are tested in the electric car (EV) MOT?

These are the most important parts checked during the standard car MOT test: ● Body, vehicle structure and general items ● Towbars (where fitted) ● Fuel system ● Seatbelts ● Seats ● Doors ● Mirrors ● Load security ● Brakes ● Tyres and wheels including TPMS ● Registration plates ● Lights ● Bonnet ● Wipers and washers ● Windscreen ● Horn ● Steering and suspension ● Vehicle identification number (VIN) ● Electrical System

How is the MOT Test for an electric vehicle different to non-electric vehicles?

The only difference between the standard car MOT and the electric car MOT is the absence of the exhaust system & emissions tests. All other MOT tests are valid and need to be carried out to ensure the roadworthiness of your electric car.

Can any garage perform MOT for electric cars?

Yes, any garage can carry out an MOT test on electric cars without any additional recognised training. However, you must have completed the format MOT tester training to complete an MOT on any car, whether this is a combustion engine, or electric-powered vehicle (EV). You can see the range of MOT courses, including AEDM and MOT tester training courses available on our website.

Need help with EV MOT Equipment?

We can offer you advice over the phone at 0113 469 0572, help with choosing the MOT Bay equipment for EV as well as full on-site EV MOT Bay design, MOT Bay Project Management, and EV MOT equipment supply, installation and staff training in the correct use of the EV MOT equipment Call us today on 0113 469 0572 or use the website contact form today, we are here to help.