Hybrids and EV Service Shop in Lakewood, WA
The team here at Car Smart Auto Service has continued to invest in specialized Hybrid and EV training to serve the Lakewood, WA and the surrounding community. If you’re a vehicle owner of a Hybrid or EV, then look no further than our trained staff.
If you’re in the market to purchase a Hybrid or EV we’ve put together a guide will assist you, click here to read our Blog on Going Green
If you currently own a Hybrid or EV, and are looking for a reliable service center, then we invite you to contact us at Car Smart.
We have experience will all types of hybrid vehicles: full hybrids, mild hybrids, and plug-in hybrids. Here’s a quick description of the different types:
- A full hybrid(FHEV) can run on just the combustion engine (i.e., diesel/petrol), the electric engine (i.e., power from batteries), or a combination. The Toyota Prius is the most known example of this. A full hybrid is not plugged in to recharge; the battery is recharged by running the combustion engine.
- A mild hybrid has an electric motor and combustion engine which always work together. An example of this is the Honda Accord Hybrid. Mild hybrids cannot run in just electric or just combustion engine mode; the engines/motors always work in parallel.
- A plug-in hybrid electric (PHEV), as the name suggests, this type of hybrid vehicle requires plugging into a main power source to fully recharge its battery. PHEVs can be run in just electric mode.
The routine maintenance for hybrids follow the same guidelines as non-hybrid vehicles.
Common Differences between Combustion Engines and EV’s
In simple terms, an internal combustion engine burns fuel to create heat, then heat creates energy and that energy is transferred into torque through the pistons that move up and down through the cylinders.
Hybrids and EV’s have complex electronic modules that control the electric motor to create mechanical energy needed to create torque for both the propulsion and the regenerative braking.
However, this energy generates an enormous amount of heat similar to combustion engine vehicles. Therefore, they have their own dedicated cooling systems.
In addition, EV’s and Hybrid vehicles require an experienced team to ensure these vehicles are maintained and serviced by a trusted team of technicians. EV’s and Hybrids are generally equipped with dual voltage systems.
The drive and motor related components operate well in excess of 100 volts. The safety threshold is low and narrow, and electrical shock with as little as 50 volts can prove fatal.
The team at Car Smart Auto Service strongly recommend that you have your EV or Hybrid serviced at a reliable and trusted team that has the experience to protect your investment and keep you and your family safe on the road.
Over the past few year’s hybrid vehicles have become popular. Our team continues to adopt the best in class skills to service consumers of EV’s and Hybrid vehicles.
And with any ongoing preventive maintenance plan, we recommend that owners of any type of make, model or vehicle from standard engine to electric or hybrid.
Here at Car Smart we advise all of our clients to budget an ongoing investment in their vehicle preventative maintenance. Our goal is to protect your investment and to ensure your vehicle reaches its engineered life expectancy. That way you get a high return on your investment.
Research shows that for every $1 spent on ongoing preventive maintenance saves you $15 in costly repairs.
Contact us and let us consult with you on your current and future vehicle service needs. We’re all about relationships here at Car Smart Auto Service.
We look forward to servicing your EV or Hybrid. You’ve made a wise investment, let us help you protect it.
Our auto repair shop is the solution for your vehicle needs. Excellent workmanship is important to us, so we complete each repair with a dedication to quality. You can trust our honest and reputable mechanics for outstanding workmanship done at competitive rates.
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