EVs Versus The MOT

Mon 14th Feb 2022

The abundance of more electric vehicles on our roads mean that in the next year or two, many of us are going to be taking our EV to get its very first MOT.

It’s a trip into the unknown for both the car owner and the mechanic, with very few parts to go wrong, there are some suggesting that the MOT for a battery-powered car is largely irrelevant.

But not all EVs are born equal, and while they all seem to have an extremely high pass rate on their first MOT, there are some models which clearly perform better than others.

According to data published by EV website, Move Electric, the average first time pass rate for all EVs in 2020 was 86.7 per cent, which on the face of it looks great, but it is only marginally better than the 84.5 per cent for petrol and diesel cars taking their first MOT test.

The Hyundai Ioniq Electric (98.8%) and the Nissan Leaf (97.7%) are the clear leaders for passing MOT’s first time, and in total there are ten models and makes which all have a higher pass rate than the ICE average score.

It’s not all smooth sailing for EVs though, the Reva G-Wiz was one of the pioneers of EV motoring and was a regular sight in London before an expert review revealed that due to its small size it was unsafe, it also only scores 77.3 per cent at its first MOT.

“The market for used electric cars is booming and our research shows that when it comes time for their first MOT test, they’re more likely to pass at the first attempt than petrol or diesel models,” said James Attwood, editor at Move Electric.

“Another positive is the significant mileage many EV owners cover, which addresses the myth that electric cars cannot be used as daily transport.

“It's also worth remembering that the newest cars that needed an MOT in 2020 dated from 2017. Since then there has been an influx of new EVs that offer more range and practicality, and which also promise to be just as reliable and easy to live with day-to-day.”