EV Converted Land Rover Maintenance Requirements

Why did you convert your classic Land Rover to electric? Or if you haven’t taken the plunge yet, why is it on the cards?

We’re willing to bet that a smooth, enjoyable drive is high up on your list of reasons. 

Classic car owners know that regular maintenance is the key to a long and happy relationship with their vehicle, helping you spot potential issues before they escalate into major problems. 

Love it or hate it, maintenance is the key to any classic car’s longevity and the same holds for EV-converted classics. 

How to Maintain Your New EV Land Rover

EVs are an emerging technology. Maintaining your Land Rover electric conversion may seem daunting. However, you needn’t worry as servicing and maintaining an EV can be simpler (and cheaper!) than maintaining a fossil-fueled vehicle. 

The batteries, motor, brakes, tyres, and charging system are among the most critical components of an electric-converted Land Rover. Keeping all of these in tip-top condition will help you avoid costly repairs further down the line. 

Let’s dive into our top tips for ensuring your EV Land Rover stays in great shape.

Regular Servicing

To improve your car’s lifespan, maximise its value, and save you money in the long term, your EV should undergo regular servicing – just like a fossil-fueled vehicle.  

Follow Maintenance Schedule

Servicing a brand new EV is child’s play since the manufacturer stipulates the servicing schedule and deviating from it will likely render your warranty invalid. 

EVs have fewer mechanical components to go wrong, so it may be tempting to skip the occasional service. 

Don’t! 

Diligently maintaining and monitoring your classic EV Land Rover will save you a lot of headaches further down the line. If you cap it off with an annual health check by an EV specialist, you can be confident that your electric Land Rover will be running for years to come. 

Oil Changes

Your Land Rover Defender electric conversion doesn’t use engine oil, which eradicates the need for oil changes. Even so, its moving parts still need the lubrication offered by transmission fluids, which will need occasional replacement. This is things like the gearbox, transfer box and axles. 

Suspension & Steering

EV suspension systems can be under considerable pressure, but knowing how your car performs normally puts you in the best position to spot when something’s not quite right. 

Suspension Components

EV batteries are heavy and the heavier the car, the more quickly its springs and dampers can wear out. A check of the suspension system usually forms part of the annual service to ensure it hasn’t been seriously damaged during the year. Although remember, the battery packs we use are not much heavier than the engine that they replace. 

Inspect Steering

Safe steering forms part of a standard MOT test, alongside inspection of the tyres and suspension. Outside of formal checks, it’s worth being aware of your car’s steering when you’re out and about as difficult steering may indicate a potential alignment problem. The best way to check this is to drive it!

Brakes

A major USP of electric and hybrid cars is regenerative braking, which relies on the motor rather than the car’s brakes. During the process, the car recovers some kinetic energy and channels it back into the battery. Brake pads, discs, and brake fluid require less frequent changing. 

Tyres & Wheels

EVs boast instant torque, so they accelerate more easily than fossil-fueled vehicles. Combined with the weight of the car’s battery, though, the torque can wreak havoc on the car’s tyres. 

Your now heavier EV-converted Land Rover may need to have its tyres replaced more frequently than pre-conversion. As a rule of thumb, you should be looking to replace tyres when the tread depth reaches 3.0mm (1.6mm is the UK’s legal minimum). 

Electrical Systems

The electric motor and batteries are the beating heart of your Land Rover EV conversion, so it makes sense that you’ll want them to function optimally. 

Your EV’s battery storage capacity will decline over time, but monitoring your battery’s condition will help you be alert to variances. 

A regular service by a specialist EV engineer should pick up irregular drops in storage capacity. It will also ensure that each battery cell is functioning as it should to prevent power reduction issues. 

While your batteries are being given the once over, you should also have your charging system looked at. A faulty charging system can lead to over/undercharging, which in turn can damage your battery – an expensive problem to rectify. 

Rust Prevention

The adage, “prevention is better than cure” is certainly true of classic cars. Surface rust is unsightly and can cause serious damage to your car, both inside and out. 

The good news is that you don’t have to take any special measures to prevent rust from forming on your EV-converted Land Rover compared to an Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) car. Common methods of reducing the risk of rust include:

  • Applying a liberal coat of wax over all exposed areas.
  • Installing a dehumidifier in the garage to remove moisture from your storage area. 
  • Rinsing off any dirt and drying your Land Rover with a chamois if you have been caught in adverse weather. 

Off-Road Considerations

Rust, damaged tyres, and 12V battery failure are just a few of the problems you may experience if your car remains stationary for prolonged periods. 

Preparation is the key to safe off-road storage. Ensure your classic Land Rover is clean and dry. Give it a final wax before storage and check your dehumidifier is working properly. 

Check tyres are fully inflated, as tyre pressures inevitably drop over time. Consider putting jacks underneath to take the weight off the tyres.

An EV Land Rover can be left unplugged without issue, but for best results keep the main battery charged between 80-100% and either disconnect your 12V battery or plug it into a trickle charger. 

Regularly check up on your car to ensure that battery, fluid, and tyre pressures are all maintained at optimum levels. 

Documentation

Keep accurate records of any work done to your Land Rover electric conversion. Make sure the when, what, and by whom are captured. 

A detailed service history helps preserve the value of your classic car, which is not to be overlooked after all the effort you’ve put into maintaining it. 

Convert & Maintain your Classic Land Rover with Electric Car Converts

The shift towards sustainable driving is accelerating, but that’s no reason to discard your beloved classic Land Rover Defender, Series, or Range Rover. Our team at Electric Car Converts applies modern EV technology to your favourite car. The result is the same phenomenal car, minus the emissions. 

Our support doesn’t end when you drive your car off our forecourt. We’ll be with you every step of your EV conversion journey from design to maintenance, helping you maximise your enjoyment of it. Contact us to take your first foray into the world of classic EV car ownership.

Reviewed by Toby WilsonHead Electrical Engineer, in November 2023.

*All website content is reviewed by our head mechanical engineers to ensure that data is factual and up to date.