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Are electric cars allowed in the car wash?

2022-06-28T11:50:11.205Z

Are electric cars allowed in the car wash? Created: 06/28/2022, 1:45 p.m When water and electricity meet, alarm bells ring for everyone. Can electric cars go into a car wash without hesitation? A car wash operator in Oldenburg recently imposed a Tesla ban. Do e-cars in particular pose a risk when water and high-voltage technology come together? Many electric car drivers are certainly wondering



Are electric cars allowed in the car wash?

Created: 06/28/2022, 1:45 p.m

When water and electricity meet, alarm bells ring for everyone.

Can electric cars go into a car wash without hesitation?

A car wash operator in Oldenburg recently imposed a Tesla ban.

Do e-cars in particular pose a risk when water and high-voltage technology come together?

Many electric car drivers are certainly wondering whether they can drive into a car wash without hesitation.

Thomas Schuster, motor vehicle expert from the expert organization KÜS gives the all-clear.

With the e-car in the car wash?

No problem according to Thomas Schuster from KÜS

“The combination of water and electricity harbors a certain potential for danger in many everyday situations.

In the case of purely electrically powered cars, however, there is no fear

and

drive safely into car washes

.

The high-voltage technology of the drive system is of course protected against the ingress of moisture by the manufacturer, as is the rest of the vehicle's electronics.

Accordingly

, e-cars are of course also suitable for use on rainy days as well as for driving through puddles

, where larger spray water fountains can arise.

In this respect, e-vehicles do not fundamentally differ from cars with combustion engines.

Nevertheless, users of an electric vehicle should check the vehicle's manual to see whether there may be

model-specific information on visiting a car wash

.

Washing e-cars by hand – you should bear this in mind

It is just as safe to wash battery-powered cars by hand or to clean the outside with a high-pressure cleaner as visiting the car wash.

However,

the hard water jet from a high-pressure cleaner should not be aimed directly at areas of the underbody

.

This is where the battery and motor are usually located, which are well encapsulated and protected against the ingress of water, but a hard jet of water could at least encourage moisture ingress.

In addition, the

jet of a high-pressure cleaner should not be aimed directly at the charging socket

area, even if it is protected with a cover.

Speaking of the charging socket: washing by hand, whether with a garden hose or a steam jet,

prohibited when the vehicle is being charged

.

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Tesla ban at the car wash was an exception

Incidentally, the Tesla ban imposed by a car wash operator from northern Germany at the beginning of 2022 was not aimed at preventing the risk of short circuits in high-voltage technology.

On the contrary, especially in older vehicles of the electric car brand, tailgates and charging flaps have occasionally opened during the washing process due to a particularly sensitive sensor system.

Accordingly, electric cars from other manufacturers are generally not affected by this ban.”

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