Electric and hybrid vehicles are increasing in numbers on our roads, but Liqui Moly sensibly predicts the number of conventionally powered vehicles will remain far higher than that of vehicles with alternative drives in the coming decades and it’s offering has evolved to cater for the mix of ICE, hybrid, plug-in hybrid, range extender and pure electric vehicles. Its vast range of products includes lubricants, oils, additives, vehicle care and service items for every vehicle that enters your workshop.
Most electric-powered vehicles are heavier than those with combustion engines which places a significantly increased strain on brakes – Liqui Moly has developed a DOT 5.1 EV brake fluid to address these conditions.
An EV has a transmission, but its gears are not usually shifted, its Top Tec Gear EV 510 has been developed with this in mind, currently available for Tesla vehicles, with more soon to be added.
It has recently added a battery coolant, pictured, specifically for fuel cell vehicles and a hybrid additive to protect the engine at all speeds – removing deposits on valves and injectors that are caused by the ICE operating over short distance and at low temperatures.
“EVs don’t require engine oil changes but do require vital fluids to ensure they are performing at their best, and safest. These three vital components are reduction gear, brake and coolant fluids. EVs heavily rely on coolant to flow through the system to stop the all-important battery from overheating, therefore a regular replacement of any coolant fluid is mandatory during servicing. Similarly, it is recommended that brake fluid is replaced in EVs every 40,000 km (25,000 miles) or 2 years. However, much like traditional combustion engines, hybrid vehicles still require the same level of care and therefore the same maintenance. This includes engine oil, transmission oil, coolants and brake fluids.”
Marsha Thomas, UK & Ireland Country Manager at PETRONAS Lubricants