Do electric cars need an MOT?

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    Like any car, an electric car must pass an MOT once it reaches the third anniversary of its date of registration. From then on, it’s subject to the same annual test.

    Well, not exactly the same. For a start, an electric car doesn’t need to pass the exhaust emissions test, because it produces no carbon dioxide (CO2). It won’t trouble the noise test’s decibel meter either, so that’s another thing you don’t need to worry about.

    Unfortunately, there’s no price reduction for an electric car, so you’ll be charged anything up to the maximum fee of £54.85 for an MOT test. Note: some garages offer cheaper rates, particularly if the test is booked as part of an annual service.

    Only test centres showing the blue sign with three white triangles can carry out an MOT. You should contact your local test centre directly to book.

    According to the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), around 40 percent of cars fail the MOT at the first attempt. However, around half of all faults could have been avoided by carrying out some basic pre-MOT checks.


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