Electric vehicle

Do Electric Cars Need an MOT?

As electric cars become more and more regular on our roads, questions regarding what they need to get there are becoming more regular. Electric cars, for example, are exempt from Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) – or road tax to you and me – but what about MOTs?

Do Electric Cars Need an MOT?

While they may be exempt from paying road tax, electric vehicles do need to have a valid MOT certificate once they reach the age of three, just like any “traditional” internal combustion engine vehicle.

What Happens During an Electric Car MOT?

An MOT for an electric car is very similar to that of a standard test, although there is no need for any of the engine-based tests or fluid changes on fully electric vehicles, for obvious reasons, although hybrid-electric vehicles will still require a full engine check over. All of the other checks remain as standard, such as ensuring the basic safety features are as they should be, the steering, suspension, brakes and tyres are all safe and in working order, and all the electrics – such as any and all lights, are working correctly.

Will Most MOT Centres Cover Electric Cars?

With the growing number of electric cars on the road, you will find that almost all MOT centres these days will cover them. It’s always worth phoning ahead though to ensure that the centre that you are planning to go to is able to service electric vehicles.

How Much Does an Electric Car MOT Cost?

As with MOTs for all other cars, there is no set price for an electric car test, although there is a maximum that you can be charged. A test centre can charge no more than £54.85 for an MOT test, although some may do it at a reduced rate.

How Often Will an Electric Car Need an MOT?

An MOT on an electric car, much like all other MOTs across the board, will last for 12 months from the moment the certificate is issued. You will need to renew the MOT every year, and will be able to renew any time within a month of the expiration date. If you allow your MOT to run out then the car will not legally be allowed on the road and you could find yourself facing a fine of up to £1000.

Can I Scrap My Electric Car?

Yes! Both electric and hybrid vehicles can be scrapped alongside petrol and diesel vehicles, however are done so in a slightly different way. Find out how much your car or van could be worth in just 30 seconds, with our free, online calculator tool.


Best price in 30 seconds

Your request is processing

Your request is processing...